How to engineer a quantum wavefunction

Peter Evans*, Dominik Hangleiter, Karim Thebault

*Corresponding author for this work

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In a conventional experiment, scientists typically aim to learn about target systems by manipulating source systems of the same material type. In an analogue quantum simulation, by contrast, scientists typically aim to learn about target quantum systems of one material type via an experiment on a source quantum system of a different material type. In this article, we argue that such inferences can be justified by reference to source and target quantum systems being of the same empirical type. We illustrate this novel experimental practice of wavefunction engineering with reference to the example of Bose–Hubbard systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
JournalPhilosophy of Science
Early online date20 Jun 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Jun 2023

Structured keywords

  • Centre for Science and Philosophy


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