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An introduction to quantum computing for high energy physics


Applications of quantum computing to high energy physics (HEP) is a relatively new field of research. As such, the relevant literature is not well organized in one place and a clear road-map for people approaching the field is not currently available. Addressing this issue was the main motivation for this article, which is intended a pedagogical introduction to the field and specifically to our research direction, i.e. application of quantum computing to parton shower event generators, with the hope of more people becoming interested in exploring this path. Our paper on the subject, “A quantum algorithm for high energy physics simulations” [8], is the subject of chapter 4. I hope this article can provide a direct path for people familiar with quantum mechanics and quantum field theory to start reading papers or conducting research in this area of quantum computing applications in HEP. In this regard, the quantum algorithm we present in Chapter 4, can serve as an example of development of a novel efficient quantum algorithm to solve a problem in a particle physics model.

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