The Quantum Pontiff

Machine Gun?

How did I miss this, an obvious entry into the best title ever contest:


A photonic cluster state machine gun
Authors: Netanel H. Lindner, Terry Rudolph

Quick, duck for cover, Terry is shooting us with cluster states!


  1. #1 Ian Durham
    November 24, 2008

    I e-mailed him a comment about that when it came out and, in his reply (to something else), he ignored my comment. Isn’t silence to be taken as a tacit warning when dealing with people with guns?

  2. #2 Tez
    November 25, 2008

    Hey Dave, a friend just pointed this out to me. I think my preprint had a better title, but actually none of mine even vauely compare in wittiness to some of the ones you’ve had here. The Usain Bolt analysis “Velocity dispersion amongst stars” is still a favourite…

  3. #3 perry
    November 25, 2008

    Probably not legal in the US then……Maybe if they ratchet it down and make it a semi automatic….

    Isn’t a laser a machine gun for photons, in terms of lots of “bullets”. Single photons on demand, a semi-auto is better actually.

  4. #4 perry
    November 25, 2008

    Actually I guess he needs the photon semi-auto first…..

  5. #5 Neil B
    November 25, 2008

    So, what is a “photonic cluster state” as opposed to just shooting out lots of photons at once, which is no big deal? (since the cool thing is to shoot ’em out one at a time.) Are they more in phase? Isn’t there a limit on how well you can make a photon to be in phase with another one? (Not as easy as “splitting” the same photon, then interference is easy!) If more than one can be in good phase, then we can more easily play with genuine interference between two or more photons, not just entanglement games – ?

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