Information & Physics Seminar - FS18, ETH

Course information

Time Room Professor

Friday, 15-19 ML E 12 → 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 23, an overview on the different topics is given and papers are assigned to the students.

For questions please contact Arne Hansen, Paul Erker or Stefan Wolf.
For further information see also the Invitation to Quantum Informatics course.

Preliminary list of papers

A: Science as a Human Endeavour

Papers Date and speakers
[1]The human condition, H. Arendt (1998) PDF
[2]The genesis and development of a scientific fact, L. Fleck (1979) PDF02.03.: Ott, Hoffmann, Siegrist
[3]Nepotism and sexism in peer-review, C. Wenneras, A. Wold (1997) PDF
The academic manifesto: From an occupied to a public university, W. Halffman, H. Radder (2015) PDF
02.03.: Valentin Stoppiello, Pascal Wacker
[4]Rationalism, relativism, and the scientific method, P. Feyerabend (1981) PDF
How to defend society against science, P. Feyerabend (1975) PDF
02.03.: Kuhn, Klein, Hähni , Mtui
[5]Understanding Physics Today, W. H. Watson (1963)02.03.: Roque Alex, Nihat Isik, David Graf
[x]Alan Mathison Turing, 1912-1954, M. H. A. Newman (1955) PDF02.03.: Avik Mukhija, Olivier Bitter

B: The Physical Nature of Information

Papers Date and speakers
[6]The work value of information, O. Dahlsten, R. Renner, E. Rieper, V. Vedral (2009) PDF
Demonic heat engines, B. W. Schumacher (1994) PDF
09.03.: Bastian Morath, Michael Seeber
[7]Work recoverable from two-particle information, L. B. Levitin, T. Toffoli (2012) PDF
[8]Simulating physics with computers, R. Feynman (1982) PDF09.03.: Patrick Larsen-Ledet, Pascal Störzbach
[9]The physical nature of information, R. Landauer (1996) PDF
Irreversibility and heat generation in the Computing Process, R. Landauer (1961) PDF
09.03.: Zsombor Kalotay, Jan Leutwyler, Tobias Büchli
[10]Information, physics, quantum: The search for links, J. A. Wheeler (1990) PDF09.03.: Christian Scherer, Sascha Forster
[11]Quantum gloves: Physics and information, N. Gisin (2004) PDF09.03.: Rudolf Loretan, Artur Gigon Almada e Melo
[12]Thermodynamics of computation, C. Bennett (1980) PDF16.03.: Vogels, Hasler
[13]Reversible computing, T. Toffoli (1980) PDF
Conservative logic, E. Fredkin, T. Toffoli (1982) PDF
16.03.: Hostettler, Sivanrupan, Bidjan
[14]NP-complete problems and physical reality, S. Aaronson (2005) PDF16.03.: Alexander North, Joel Wanner, Christian Knieling
[15]Three approaches to the quantitative definition of information, A. N. Kolmogorov (1965) PDF16.03.: David Yenicelik, Sven Knobloch
[16]Could the physical world be emergent instead of fundamental, and why should we ask?, M. Mueller (2017) PDF23.03.: Rubén Fischer, Yannick Rosskopf

C: The Arrow-of-Time and Causality

Papers Date and speakers
[17]The end of time, J. B. Barbour (1999)
The emergence of time and its arrow from timelessness, J. B. Barbour (1994) PDF
23.03.: Anja Koller, Qais el Okali
[18]The direction of time, H.Reichenbach (1971)23.03.: Kevin Tang, Tobias Aeschbacher
[19]Complexity in the universe, C. H. Bennett (1994) PDF23.03.: Noah Berner, Lena Csomor
[20]"Time" replaced by quantum correlations, W. K. Wootters (1984) PDF23.03.: Sven Dammann, Pascal Stoop, Jan Falk
[21]Autonomous quantum clocks: does thermodynamics limit our ability to measure time?, P. Erker, M. T. Mitchison, R. Silva, M. P. Woods, N. Brunner, M. Huber (2017) PDF25.05.: Roman Sattler, Sven Glauser
[22]Is time asymmetry logically prior to quantum mechanics?, W. K. Wootters (1994) PDF13.04.: Eric Mink
[23]Evolution und Entropiewachstum, C. F. von Weizsäcker (1972) PDF13.04.: Jodok Vieli, Marilou Beyerler
[24]Dokumente, C. F. von Weizsäcker (1986)27.04.: Philippe Panhaleux, Silvia La
[25]The ghost in the quantum Turing machine, S. Aaronson (2013) PDF20.04.: jannik, cornelia
[26]On the notion of cause, with application to the free-will problem, B. Russell (1935) PDF20.04.: Christian Knabenhans, Alain Bastian
[27]Kausalität in der Physik, G. Hermann (1935) PDF13.04.: Pascal Maillard, Josua Hug
[28]Quantum correlations with no causal order, O. Oreshkov, F. Costa, C. Brukner (2012) PDF
[29]Causality - complexity - consistency: Can space-time be based on logic and computation?, Ä. Baumeler, S. Wolf (2016) PDF20.04.: Kevin De Keyser, Fynn Faber
[x]Causal loops - logically consistent correlations, time travel and computation, Ä. Baumeler (2017)20.04.: Swaneet Sahoo
[30]Enhanced Communication With the Assistance of Indefinite Causal Order, D. Ebler, S. Salek, G. Chiribella (2017) PDF20.04.: Joris Diem, Jan Nino Walter, Kenny Chan

D: Information and Quantum Physics

Papers Date and speakers
[31]Can quantum mechanical description of physical reality be considered complete?, A. Einstein, B. Podolsky, N. Rosen (1935) PDF27.04.: Laurin Paech, Sebastian Winberg
[32]On the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox, J. S. Bell (1964) PDF27.04.: Simon Huber, Andreas Georgiou
[33]The two Bell's theorems of John Bell, H. M. Wiseman (2014) PDF
Hidden variables and the two theorems of John Bell, N. D. Mermin (1993) PDF
[34]Nonlocality for two particles without inequalities for almost all entangled states, L. Hardy (1993) PDF
A unified view on Hardy's paradox and the CHSH inequality, L. Mancinska, S. Wehner (2014) PDF
[35]Bertlmann's socks and the nature of reality, J. S. Bell (1981) PDF18.05.: Alana Luyten, Sarah Kamp
[36]Loopholes in Bell inequality tests of local realism, J.-A. Larsson (2014) PDF
[37]Die Logik nicht gleichzeitig entscheidbarer Aussagen, E. Specker (1960) PDF
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
[38]The problem of hidden variables in quantum mechanics, S. Kochen, E. P. Specker (1967)
Bell-Kochen-Specker theorem: A proof with 18 vectors, A. Cabello, J. M. Estebaranz, G. G. Alcaine (1996) PDF
27.04.: Ingulfsen, Dätwyler
[39]What does an experimental test of quantum contextually prove or disprove?, A. Winter (2014) PDF
[40]Cost of exactly simulating quantum entanglement with classical communication, B. Brassard, R. Cleve, A. Tapp (1999) PDF
Communication cost of simulating Bell correlations, D. Bacon, B. Toner (2003) PDF
[41]Quantum pseudo-telepathy and the Kochen-Specker theorem, R. Renner, S. Wolf (2004) PDF
[42]No quantum advantage for nonlocal computation, N. Linden, S. Popescu, A. J. Short, A. Winter (2006) PDF
[43]Information causality as a physical principle, M. Pawlowski, T. Paterek, D. Kaszlikowski, V. Scarani, A. Winter, M. Zukowski (2009) PDF
A limit on nonlocality in any world in which communication complexity is not trivial, G. Brassard, H. Buhrman, N. Linden, A. Methot, A. Tapp, F. Unger (2005) PDF
27.04.: Michael Bernasconi, Gerrit Janssen
[44]A glance beyond the quantum model, M. Navascues, H. Wunderlich (2009) PDF
PR-Box correlations have no classical limit, D. Rohrlich (2014) PDF
Quantum measurement of spins and magnets, and the classical limit of PR-boxes, N. Gisin (2014) PDF

E: Quantum Cryptography

Papers Date and speakers
[45]Quantum cryptography: Public key distribution and coin tossing, C. H. Bennett, G. Brassard (1984) PDF
Quantum cryptography based on Bell's theorem, A. Ekert (1991) PDF
04.05.: Christoph Ricklin; Ard Kastrati
[46]No signaling and quantum key distribution, J. Barrett, L. Hardy, A. Kent (2005) PDF04.05.: Timo Laudi, Andreas Roth
[47]The black paper of quantum cryptography: Real implementation problems, V. Scarani, C. Kurtsiefer (2009) PDF04.05.: Jason Friedman & Philip Hadjimina
[48]Unconditionally secure bit commitment, A. Kent (1998) PDF04.05.: Florian Morath, Lucien Schaller
[49]Unconditionally secure quantum bit commitment is impossible, D. Mayers (1996) PDF
Is Quantum Bit Commitment Really Possible?, H.-K. Lo, H. F. Chau (1996) PDF
04.05.: Pascal Sommer
[50]Free randomness can be amplified, R. Colbeck, R. Renner (2012) PDF04.05.: Jakub Kotal, Laurin Brandner, Pavel Lunin
[51]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) PDF11.05.: Anton Brucherseifer, Daniel Peter, Lino Lendi

F: Interpretations of Quantum Physics

Papers Date and speakers
[52]“Relative state” formulation of quantum mechanics, H. Everett (1957) PDF
[53]Can free will emerge from determinism in quantum theory?, G. Brassard, P. Raymond-Robichaud (2012) PDF11.05.: Carl Friess, Felix Lunzenfichter, Isaak Hanimann
[54]A suggested interpretation of the quantum theory in terms of "hidden" variables, D. Bohm (1952) PDF
[55]A tripartite quantum state violating the hidden influence constraints, T. J. Barnea, J.-D. Bancal, Y.-C. Liang, N. Gisin (2013) PDF
Non-locality is transitive, S. Coretti, E. Hänggi, S. Wolf (2011) PDF
[56]Copenhagen computation: How I learned to stop worrying and love Bohr, N. D. Mermin (2003) PDF11.05.: T.Wolf, L.Rahmann
[57]On nonlocality as a resource theory and nonlocality measures, J. de Vicente (2014) PDF
[58]La nouvelle cuisine, J. S. Bell (1990) PDF11.05.: Lukas Blass, Oliver Blaser
[59]Six possible worlds of quantum mechanics, J. S. Bell (1986) PDF18.05.: Zur Shmaria Philippe Moesch
[60]Against 'measurement', J. S. Bell (1989) PDF
[61]Einstein, incompleteness, and the epistemic view of quantum states, N. Harrigan, R. W. Spekkens (2007) PDF
[62]On the reality of the quantum state, M. F. Pusey, J. Barrett, T. Rudolph (2012) PDF
Is a system's wave function in one-to-one correspondence with its elements of reality?, R. Colbeck, R. Renner (2012) PDF
[63]In defense of the epistemic view of quantum states: A toy theory, R. Spekkens (2004) PDF
[64]Physics Without Physics: The Power of Information-theoretical Principles, G. M. D'Ariano (2017) PDF
[65]Three measurement problems, T. Maudlin (1995) PDF
[66]Algorithmic Pseudorandomness in Quantum Setups, A. Bendersky, G. de la Torre, G. Senno, S. Figueira, A. Acín (2016) PDF
[67]One world versus many: The inadequacy of Everettian accounts of evolution, probability, and scientific confirmation, A. Kent (2009) PDF25.05.: Jonathan Chen, Cedric Ettlin, Roman Niggli
[68]The interpretation of quantum mechanics: Many worlds or many words?, M. Tegmark (1997) PDF18.05.: Uros Tesic
[69]The fabric of reality, D. Deutsch (1997)
[70]The cellular automaton interpretation of quantum mechanics, G. 't Hooft (2014) PDF
[71] The Foundations of Quantum Mechanics in the Philosophy of Nature, G. Hermann (1935) PDF
Die Naturphilosophischen Grundlagen der Quantenmechanik, G. Hermann (1935) PDF
18.05.: Karin Holzhauser, Pascal Brunner
[72]Indeterminism in quantum physics and classical physics, K. Popper (1950) PDF
[73]Is quantum theory universally valid?, A. Peres, W.H.Zurek (1983) PDF25.05.: Peter Grönquist
[74]The impossibility of accurate self-measurements, T. Breuer (1995) PDF
[75]Minipaper: Probability in wave mechanics, H. Everett (1995) PDF
[76]Quantum mechanics and reality, B. DeWitt (1970) PDF
[77]QBism, the perimeter of quantum Bayesianism, C. Fuchs (2010) PDF
[78]Towards a proper quantum theory, J. Levy-Leblond (1976) PDF

G: Biology and Quantum Physics

Papers Date and speakers
[79]Quantum physics meets biology, M. Arndt, T. Juffmann, V. Vedral (2009) PDF25.05.: Menta, Neukom
[80]What is life?, E. Schrödinger (1944)25.05.: David Niederberger, Julia Schicker