Matti Pitkanen (email@example.com)
Fri, 10 Sep 1999 13:03:18 +0300 (EET DST)
A note about quantum computing. The basic enemy quantum computer builders
encounter is decoherence. What happens is that
entangled subsystem tends to generate entanglement with surroundings.
In standard physics this phenomenon makes selves impossible:
even slightest entanglement generated by time development U during
quantum jump Psi_i-->UPsi_i-->Psi_f would kill self and selves
would be desperaly nongeneric phenomenon: single self, if it
managed to wake-up, would die during next quantum jump.
The solution to the problem is provided by p-adicity. Self is system
able to remain *p-adically* unentangled. This means that subsystem
able to stay self develops subcritical real entanglement in each quantum
jump: this corresponds to vanishing p-adic entanglement entropy
defined to be p-adic entanglement entropy with pinary cutoff. Pinary
cutoff is uniquely determined by the map of reality to p-adicity.
It is interesting question what this might mean from the point of view
of quantum computation. Selves are after all subsystems, whose subsystem
can perform quantum jumps (if TGD is correct). Is strong NMP would hold
and world would be purely real there would exist no self-hierarcy and self
hierarchy is absolutely crucial for conscious cognition.
Thus it would seem that p-adic physics is absolutely crucial for the
understanding of quantum computers.
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