Title:Quantum Journal Club: Automated Search for new Quantum Experiments
Speaker: Pan-yu Hou Tsinghua University
Time: 2016-05-06 09:57-2016-05-06 09:57


Quantum mechanics predicts a number of, at first sight, counterintuitive phenomena. It therefore remains
a question whether our intuition is the best way to find new experiments. Here, we report the development
of the computer algorithmMELVIN which is able to find new experimental implementations for the creation
and manipulation of complex quantum states. Indeed, the discovered experiments extensively use
unfamiliar and asymmetric techniques which are challenging to understand intuitively. The results range
from the first implementation of a high-dimensional Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger state, to a vast variety of
experiments for asymmetrically entangled quantum states—a feature that can only exist when both the
number of involved parties and dimensions is larger than 2. Additionally, new types of high-dimensional
transformations are found that perform cyclic operations. MELVIN autonomously learns from solutions for
simpler systems, which significantly speeds up the discovery rate of more complex experiments. The ability
to automate the design of a quantum experiment can be applied to many quantum systems and allows the
physical realization of quantum states previously thought of only on paper.