Artificial intelligence designs better quantum experiments

It all started with Mario Krenn, a doctoral student at the University of Vienna, CNET reports. He was trying to induce a specific quantum state using mirrors and lasers, but he eventually realized at some point that he was just guessing at how to properly design the experiment. That’s where Melvin was born. Melvin is the algorithm Anton Zeilinger and his team came up with. Krenn found that when the algorithm ran overnight, he found a .txt file with the solution in the morning. Details of the algorithm are published in the journal Physical Review Letters. “That was quite an exciting day,” Krenn said in a statement. Melvin uses several points of information to construct experiments. In Krenn’s experiment, for example, it used the mirrors and lasers and desired quantum…


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