Meetings

More information about the group and what we’re likely to cover in future meetings can be found on this page.
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July 22nd: Interpretations II

We’ll continue more-or-less where we left off on the 15th.


July 29th: Topic TBD


Past Meetings


July 15th: Interpretations I – Brief introduction

Attending: John, Mary Ann, Matt, Mike, Stefan, Tina

The white board arrived today, so we spent the first part of the meeting putting that together.

Then we had our first discussion about interpretations of quantum theory. We did a very brief overview. Just trying to get some general background on what this whole subject is about. We discussed what some of the issues are that inspire competing interpretations and did a quick sketch of Everett and the Pilot Wave.


July 8th: General Discussion

Where: Email Mike if you haven’t heard the latest news about the location.
When: 3:00pm
Attending: Eduard, John, Mary Ann, Mike, Scott, Stefan, Tina


July 1st: The Bloch Sphere #2

Where: The regular place on Floyd
When: 3:00pm
References: Bloch-Sphere.pdf



June 24th – Mike: The Bloch Sphere #1

Where: The regular place on Floyd
When: 3:00pm
Attending: John, Mary Anne, Mike, Stefan, Tina
References: Bloch-Sphere.pdf


June 17th – Tina: The Partial Trace and Quantifying Entanglement

Where: The regular place on Floyd
When: 3:00pm
Attending: Eduard, Jaxon, John, Jonathan, Mary Ann, Mike, Stefan, Tina
Reference: This material starts on page 10 of the “New Notes”.
But be aware that the write up on the partial trace is somewhat confusing and we will probably do it a different (easier) way today.

The Partial Trace can be used to construct the individual density matrix for a system that is part of an entangled pair. The purity of this matrix then provides a measure of “how entangled” the two systems are.

We’ll continue with this outline wherever we left off last week.


June 10th – Tina: The Density Matrix and Purity

Where: The regular place on Floyd
When: 3:00pm
Attending: John, Jonathan, Mary Ann, Matt, Mike, Scott, Stefan, Tina
References: This material starts on page 6 of the “New Notes”.
It would be a good idea to review everything in the first 5 pages before the meeting.

We’re going to switch back to quantum information for a bit now and pick up where we left off back on January 28th. We’ll look at the Density Matrix and how to calculate its Purity, telling us to what extent it represents a mixed or pure state. Then (probably next week) we’ll see how to derive a DM for one of the two bits in an entangled state, and how then purity becomes a measure of entanglement.

So, our overall objective is to use the Density Matrix, Purity, and the Partial Trace in order to find out “how entangled” a composite system is. Here’s an outline of how this should all go. We’ll get as far as we can this week and then continue on the 17th.


June 3rd – Jonathan: The Quantum “Bomb Tester”

Where: The regular place on Floyd
When: 3:00pm
Attending: Jonathan, John, Mary Ann, Matt, Mike, Stefan, Tina
References: Jonathan’s PowerPoint Notes


May 27th Matt: The Uncertainty Principle, Part I

Where: The regular place on Floyd
When: 3:00pm
Attending: Matt, Eduard, John, Jonathan, Mary Ann, Mike, Stefan


May 20th: General Discussion

Where: The regular place on Floyd
When: 3:00pm
Attending: Eduard, John, Jonathan, Mary Ann, Mike, Stefan

Here’s what we covered today:

  1. Reviewed the “transition” stuff a little bit. Trying to make sure everybody (especially anyone who wasn’t there last time) has a good handle on that.
  2. Looked at how these ideas come into play with a “four step” outline for solving the Schroedinger equation.
  3. General discussion and questions.

May 13th: The transition from discrete to continuous spaces

Where: The regular place on Floyd
When: 3:00pm
Attending: Eduard, Jonathan, Mary Ann, Mike, Stefan, Tina
References: (1) Notes (2) Summary Chart

Our group has spent several months studying quantum theory in a discrete setting. That is, in a finite vector space, where states are vectors and operators are matrices. The mathematics here (basic linear algebra) is pretty easy.

We are now starting to look at quantum mechanics, which is a continuous theory. The states are functions and the operators are are things like derivatives. The math here (calculus,differential equations, and Fourier transforms) is significantly more difficult. And yet (I claim) the underlying theory is in fact exactly the same once you strip out the mathematical complexities.

In order to do this, we need to understand the relationship between the kind of mathematical space we’ve been using for quantum information theory and the kind of space we’ll now be using for quantum mechanics. Explaining the transition between these two spaces is the purpose of the meeting. This will probably take more than one meeting to cover. We’ll get as far as we can today, and then think about where to go from here.


May 6th: NO MEETING


April 29th: NO MEETING


April 22nd: Stefan did the Infinite Well
Where: The regular place on Floyd
Attending: Stefan, Eduard, John, Jonathan, Mary Ann, Mike


Previous meeting descriptions should still be available at:
meetup.com/Denver-Physics/events/past