Quantum Complexity Theory

Diagram showing how the BQP class of problems relates to P, NP, and PSPACE.

The BQP (bounded-error, quantum, polynomial time) class of problems. Adapted from this Scientific American image. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)


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Fall 2010



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This course is an introduction to quantum computational complexity theory, the study of the fundamental capabilities and limitations of quantum computers. Topics include complexity classes, lower bounds, communication complexity, proofs, advice, and interactive proof systems in the quantum world. The objective is to bring students to the research frontier.

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Scott Aaronson. 6.845 Quantum Complexity Theory. Fall 2010. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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