The No Cloning Theorem04:33

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Published on January 21, 2017

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Why you can’t clone Schrödinger’s cat: this video presents the full proof of the “No Cloning” Theorem in Quantum Mechanics – without any fancy math! (stereotypical qubit has been replaced with Schrödinger’s cat).

The full proof relies on the linearity of quantum (aka unitary) transformations, and the tensor product of multiple systems, to show that perfect cloning is impossible (though teleportation is allowed)

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REFERENCES:

The No-Cloning Theorem:

MinutePhysics on Schrödinger’s Cat:

Original No-Cloning Paper by Wootters and Zurech:

Original “Beyond No-Cloning” (ie, no-cloning workarounds) paper by Buzek & Hillery:

Optimal Quantum Cloning paper:

Optimal Quantum Cloning paper II:

Quantum Cloning:

The History of Schrödinger’s (& Einstein’s) Cat:

The Stability of Black Powder (from the Civil War!):

Proof by contradiction:

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