Information & Physics Seminar - FS16


Time Room Professor

Friday, 15-18 CAB G 51 → Stefan Wolf

Subject of this seminar

In this seminar, topics related to quantum information science, the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, information theory and cryptography will be available (2 KP → VVZ 252-4800-00L for more information). On February 26, an overview on the different topics is given and papers are assigned to the students.

For questions please contact Ämin Baumeler, Paul Erker or Stefan Wolf.
For further information see QI FS 16 webpage:

Possible talk subjects


A: Science as a Human Endeavour


Name Author(s) Year Link Speaker

[1] The human condition H. Arendt 1998 PDF

[2] The genesis and development of a scientific fact L. Fleck 1979 PDF 4.3 Lukas Schär, Michael Schürch

[3] The structure of scientific revolutions / Against method T. Kuhn / P. Feyerabend 1962 / 1975 PDF / PDF 4.3 Yoel Zweig

[4] Nepotism and sexism in peer-review / The academic manifesto: From an occupied to a public university C. Wenneras, A. Wold / W. Halffman, H. Radder 1997 / 2015 PDF / PDF



B: The Physical Nature of Information


Name Author(s) Year Link Speaker

[5] The work value of information
O. Dahlsten, R. Renner, E. Rieper, V. Vedral 2009 PDF 11.3 Simon Bienz, Angela Rellstab

[6] Work recoverable from two-particle information
L. B. Levitin, T. Toffoli 2012 PDF 11.3 Christoph Lauper, Daniel Maag

[7] Simulating physics with computers
R. Feynman 1982 PDF 11.3 Felice Serena, Dimitri Stanojevic

[8] The physical nature of information / Irreversibility and heat generation in the Computing Process R. Landauer 1964 / 1961 PDF / PDF 11.3 Jonathan Gebrehgziabher, Luca Lanzendörfer

[9] Quantum gloves: Physics and information N. Gisin 2004 PDF 11.3 Alexander Meier, Nico Previtali

[10] Information is not physical R. Alicki 2014 PDF 18.3 Nicolas Forster, Sezer Güler

[11] Thermodynamics of computation / Conservative logic
C. Bennett / E. Fredkin, T. Toffoli
1980 / 1982
PDF / PDF
18.3 Daniel Keller, Joao Ribeiro, Kilian Risse

[12] Reversible computing T. Toffoli 1980 PDF 18.3 Katharina Daun, Jonathan Heitz, Luzi Sennhauser

[13] NP-complete problems and physical reality S. Aaronson
2005
PDF 8.4 David Bimmler, Andrina Denzler



C: Information and the Arrow-of-Time Problem


Name Author(s) Year Link Speaker

[14] The end of time / The emergence of time and its arrow from timelessness J. B. Barbour
1999 / 1994 "The end of time" * / PDF 27.5 Etienne de Stoutz, Emmanuel Hofmann, Philip Junker

[15] The direction of time H. Reichenbach
1971 "The direction of time" * 8.4 Aryaman Fasciati, Nikolas Göbel

[16] Complexity in the universe C. H. Bennett
1994 PDF 15.4 Timo Bräm, Patrick Huwiler, Sander Staal

[17] Demonic heat engines B. W. Schumacher
1994 PDF 15.4 Elias Huwyler, Markus Roth

[18] Which processes satisfy the second law? T. M. Cover
1994 PDF

[19] Causal asymmetry from statistics S. Lloyd
1994 PDF 15.4 Tatiana Brülisauer, Tobias Kaiser

[20] "Time" replaced by quantum correlations W. K. Wootters
1984 PDF 3.6 Marc Heim, Jonathan Rosenthal

[21] Is time asymmetry logically prior to quantum mechanics? W. K. Wootters
1994 PDF

[22] Evolution und Entropiewachstum C. F. von Weizsäcker
1972 PDF 22.4 Michael Jakob

[22b] Dokumente C. F. von Weizsäcker
1986 "Aufbau der Physik" 22.4 Sandro Marcan, Simon Scherer

[22c] The ghost in the quantum Turing machine S. Aaronson
2013 PDF 22.4 Basile Maret, Nicolas Mesot, Philipp Rimle

[23] Three approaches to the quantitative definition of information A. N. Kolmogorov
1965 PDF 22.4 Christian Bohn



D: Information and Quantum Physics


Name Author(s) Year Link Speaker

[24] Can quantum mechanical description of physical reality be considered complete? A. Einstein, B. Podolsky, N. Rosen 1935 PDF

[25] On the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox J. S. Bell 1964 PDF 29.4 Raphael Kübler, Philipp Wirth

[26] Cost of exactly simulation quantum entanglement with classical communication / Communication cost of simulating Bell correlations B. Brassard, R. Cleve, A. Tapp / D. Bacon, B. Toner 1999 / 2003 PDF / PDF

[27] Quantum pseudo-telepathy and the Kochen-Specker theorem R. Renner, S. Wolf 2004  PDF / A. Peres: "Quantum Theory" * 29.4 Dominic Sonderegger, Andi Wanner

[28] No quantum advantage for nonlocal computation N. Linden, S. Popescu, A. J. Short, A. Winter 2006 PDF

[29] Information causality as a physical principle / A limit on nonlocality in any world in which communication complexity is not trivial M. Pawlowski, T. Paterek, D. Kaszlikowski, V. Scarani, A. Winter, M. Zukowski / G. Brassard, H. Buhrman, N. Linden, A. Methot, A. Tapp, F. Unger 2009 / 2005 PDF / PDF 29.4 Young Ban, Samuel Sadok-Bouziane, Patrick Stäuble

[31] A glance beyond the quantum model / PR-Box correlations have no classical limit / Quantum measurement of spins and magnets, and the classical limit of PR-boxes M. Navascues, H. Wunderlich / D. Rohrlich / N. Gisin 2009 / 2014 / 2014 PDF / PDF / PDF 29.4 Pankaj Mandal



E: Quantum Cryptography


Name Author(s) Year Link Speaker

[32] Quantum cryptography: Public key distribution and coin tossing / Quantum cryptography based on Bell's theorem C. H. Bennett, G. Brassard / A. Ekert 1984 / 1991 PDF / PDF 6.5 Mohammed Ajil, Jonas Felber, Aurel Gruber, Vincent Stettler

[33] No signaling and quantum key distribution J. Barrett, L. Hardy, A. Kent 2005 PDF 6.5 Pascal Josephy, Vincent von Rotz

[34] Unconditionally secure bit commitment A. Kent 1998 PDF 6.5 Sivaranjini Chithambaram, Abhimanyu Patel

[35] Unconditionally secure quantum bit commitment is impossible D. Mayers 1996 PDF 6.5 Fabian Murer

[36] Free randomness can be amplified R. Colbeck, R. Renner 2012 PDF

[37] Random numbers certified by Bell's theorem S. Pironio, A. Acin, S. Massar, A. Boyer de la Giroday, D. N. Matsukevich, P. Maunz, S. Olmschenk, D. Hayes, L. Luo, T. A. Manning, C. Monroe 2009 PDF 13.5 Simon Hirsig, Max Hüttenmoser

[38] The black paper of quantum cryptography: Real implementation problems V. Scarani, C. Kurtsiefer 2009 PDF 13.5 Yves Bieri, Arthur Habicht



F: Foundations and Interpretations of Quantum Physics


Name Author(s) Year Link Speaker

[39] Die Logik nicht gleichzeitig entscheidbarer Aussagen E. Specker 1960 PDF 13.5 Linus Handschin, Nicole Thurnherr

[40] Specker's parable of the over-protective seer: A road to contextuality, nonlocality and complementarity Y.-C. Liang, R. W. Spekkens, H. M. Wiseman 2011 PDF

[41] “Relative state” formulation of quantum mechanics H. Everett 1957 PDF / PDF

[42] A suggested interpretation of the quantum theory in terms of "hidden" variables D. Bohm 1952 PDF / PDF 13.5 Anuar Yeraliyev

[43] What does an experimental test of quantum contextually prove or disprove? A. Winter 2014 PDF 13.5 Florian Marending, Conradin Roffler

[44] Non-locality is transitive / A tripartite quantum state violating the hidden influence constraints S. Coretti, E. Hänggi, S. Wolf / T. J. Barnea, J.-D. Bancal, Y.-C. Liang, N. Gisin 2011 / 2013 PDF / PDF

[45] Quantum nonlocality without entanglement C. Bennett, D. DiVincenzo, C. Fuchs, T. Mor, E. Rains, P. Shor, J. Smolin, W. Wootters 2008 PDF

[46] The two Bell's theorems of John Bell H. M. Wiseman 2014 PDF

[47] Hidden variables and the two theorems of John Bell N. D. Mermin 1993 PDF

[48] Copenhagen computation: How I learned to stop worrying and love Bohr N. D. Mermin 2003
PDF 20.5 Livio Kaiser, Severin Meier

[49] Nonlocality for two particles without inequalities for almost all entangled states L. Hardy 1993
PDF

[50] A unified view on Hardy's paradox and the CHSH inequality L. Mancinska, S. Wehner 2014
PDF

[51] On nonlocality as a resource theory and nonlocality measures J. de Vicente 2014
PDF

[52] La nouvelle cuisine J. S. Bell 1990 PDF

[53] Bertlmann's socks and the nature of reality J. S. Bell 1981 PDF 20.5 Jan Dermelj, Andres Konrad

[54] Six possible worlds of quantum mechanics J. S. Bell 1986 PDF 20.5 Patrick Frei, Sibylle Jeker

[55] Against 'measurement' J. S. Bell 1989 PDF

[56] Free-will theorem J. Conway, S. Kochen 2006 PDF

[57] On the reality of the quantum state M. F. Pusey, J. Barrett, T. Rudolph 2012 PDF

[58] In defense of the epistemic view of quantum states: A toy theory R. Spekkens 2004 PDF

[59] Is a system's wave function in one-to-one correspondence with its elements of reality? R. Colbeck, R. Renner 2012 PDF 20.5 Nicolas Ochsner

[60] What Bell did T. Maudlin
2014 PDF 20.5 Julia Giger, Andreas Zingg

[61] Three measurement problems T. Maudlin
1995 PDF

[62] Loopholes in Bell inequality tests of local realism J.-A. Larsson
2014 PDF

[63] One world versus many: The inadequacy of Everettian accounts of evolution, probability, and scientific confirmation A. Kent 2009 PDF 27.5 Pau Ramos

[64] The interpretation of quantum mechanics: Many worlds or many words? M. Tegmark 1997 PDF

[65] The fabric of reality D. Deutsch 1997 "The fabric of reality" * 27.5 Panuya Balasuntharam, Patrick Gruntz, Fabian Ulbricht

[66] Can free will emerge from determinism in quantum theory? G. Brassard, P. Raymond-Robichaud 2012 PDF

[67] The cellular automaton interpretation of quantum mechanics Gerard 't Hooft 2014 PDF

[68] Die Naturphilosophischen Grundlagen der Quantenmechanik Grete Hermann 1935 Abhandlungen der Fries'schen Schule, Band 6 (1935), s. 69-152. Excerpts: PDF / PDF 3.6 Aaron Keller



G: Biology and Quantum Physics


Name Author(s) Year Link Speaker

[69] Quantum physics meets biology M. Arndt, T. Juffmann, V. Vedral 2009 PDF

[70] What is life? E. Schrödinger 1944 27.5 Vincent Fortuin, Gustavo Mazzei

[71] Quantum effects relevant for human life (before 1900)? Talks start from a paper by K. Hepp 2015 PDF 3.6 Andreas Wanner



*) hardcopy available in the seminar on February 26.