An Interpreter for Quantum Circuits

Lucas Helms, Ruben Gamboa
2013 Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science  
This paper describes an ACL2 interpreter for "netlists" describing quantum circuits. Several quantum gates are implemented, including the Hadamard gate H, which rotates vectors by 45 degrees, necessitating the use of irrational numbers, at least at the logical level. Quantum measurement presents an especially difficult challenge, because it requires precise comparisons of irrational numbers and the use of random numbers. This paper does not address computation with irrational numbers or the
more » ... ration of random numbers, although future work includes the development of pseudo-random generators for ACL2.
doi:10.4204/eptcs.114.7 fatcat:ywj2dz6qrzblzlccadeqrky5ba