Europhys. Lett.
Volume 69, Number 6, March 2005
Page(s) 861 - 867
Section General
Published online 16 February 2005
Europhys. Lett., 69 (6), pp. 861-867 (2005)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2004-10443-7

Event-based simulation of single-photon beam splitters and Mach-Zehnder interferometers

H. De Raedt1, K. De Raedt2 and K. Michielsen1

1  Department of Applied Physics, Materials Science Centre, University of Groningen Nijenborgh 4, NL-9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands (Homepage:
2  Department of Computer Science, University of Groningen - Blauwborgje 3 NL-9747 AC Groningen, The Netherlands

received 11 October 2004; accepted in final form 20 January 2005
published online 16 February 2005

We demonstrate that networks of locally connected processing units with a primitive learning capability exhibit a behavior that is usually only attributed to quantum systems. We describe networks that simulate single-photon beam splitter and Mach-Zehnder interferometer experiments on a causal, event-by-event basis and demonstrate that the simulation results are in excellent agreement with quantum theory.

02.70.-c - Computational techniques.
03.65.-w - Quantum mechanics.

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