List of My Papers on Quantum Computing

Jack Krupansky
6 min readSep 4, 2019

This is a list of all of my informal papers which relate in some way to quantum computing. It will be updated as I post additional papers.

If you simply want the briefest of introductions to quantum computing, check out my elevator pitch:

Here’s my suggested reading list for those attempting to get started in quantum computing:

  1. What Is Quantum Computing?
  2. What Is a Quantum Computer?
  3. What Is Quantum Information?
  4. What Is Quantum Information Science?
  5. What Are Quantum Effects and How Do They Enable Quantum Information Science?
  6. What Applications Are Suitable for a Quantum Computer?

I don’t have my own paper on getting started with hands-on quantum programming, but the IBM Qiskit Textbook is a decent tutorial after digesting at least an introductory level from my papers listed above:

For a sense of my own personal motivation and interest in quantum computing:

A good place to start on issues we face is:

Another interesting paper:

Or for something fairly light:

And if you want to get a handle on processing data with a quantum computer:

Wondering when we might finally see a viable quantum computer? Read:

Wondering when quantum computing will finally become mainstream? Read:

I have a preliminary stab at a “glossary” (more of a detailed, full “dictionary”) for quantum computing, with over 3,000 terms:

Much of my writing focuses on issues that we face in this emerging and rapidly evolving field.

Here is the full list, in reverse chronological order (most recent first):

  1. My Quantum Computing Wish List for Christmas 2023 and New Year 2024
  2. My Top Open Questions in Quantum Computing
  3. Classically-Inspired Quantum Algorithms Considered Harmful and the Need for Quantum-Native Algorithms
  4. Enhancing DiVincenzo’s Criteria for Quantum Computing to Enable Post-NISQ Quantum Computing
  5. Feynman’s Three Papers Related to Quantum Computing
  6. My Journey Into Quantum Computing Has Given Me a Newfound Appreciation for the Incredible Intellectual Power of Classical Computing
  7. Why I Continue to Lack Confidence That Quantum Computing Will Ever Be Able to Fulfill Most of the Grand Promises Made for It
  8. Why I Can’t Be a Physicist
  9. What Is a Practical Quantum Computer?
  10. What Is a General-Purpose Quantum Computer?
  11. Quantum Algorithm Designers, Application Developers, and Users Shouldn’t Need to Know Anything About Qubits
  12. Neither Software Developers nor Users Need to Know about Bits
  13. Other Than Generating Random Numbers and Greater Performance, There Isn’t Anything That a Quantum Computer Can Compute That a Classical Computer Can’t Compute
  14. Stages, Milestones, and Tipping Points for Quantum Computing
  15. NISQ Is Dead, a Dying Dead End, With No Prospects for a Brighter Future or Practical Quantum Computing
  16. A Modest Proposal for Post-NISQ Quantum Computing Based on Near-perfect Qubits
  17. Why I’m Rapidly Losing Faith in the Prospects for Quantum Error Correction
  18. Key Developments in Quantum Computing to Watch for in 2023
  19. My Quantum Computing Wish List for Christmas 2022 and New Year 2023
  20. Cheat Sheet for Quantum Computing Hype
  21. Notes on IBM’s September 14, 2022 Paper on the Future of Quantum Computing (with Superconducting Qubits)
  22. Preparing for the Next Stage of My Quantum Journey
  23. Elevator Pitch for Quantum Computing
  24. Initial Thoughts on Personas, Use Cases, and Access Patterns for Quantum Computing
  25. Thoughts on the 2022 IBM Quantum Roadmap Update
  26. What Is Quantum Computing?
  27. What Is a Quantum Computer?
  28. Risks of Premature Commercialization of Quantum Computing
  29. 48 Fully-connected Near-perfect Qubits As the Sweet Spot Goal for Near-term Quantum Computing
  30. Is Lack of Fine Granularity of Phase and Probability Amplitude the Fatal Achilles Heel Which Dooms Quantum Computing to Severely Limited Utility?
  31. Proposal for a Quantum Capabilities Label for Quantum Computers, Algorithms, and Applications
  32. Call for Intel to Focus on Components for Others to Easily Build Their Own Quantum Computers
  33. What Is Quantum Information?
  34. Need for an Association for Quantum Computing Machinery
  35. Speculative Preview of the IBM 433-qubit Osprey Quantum Computer
  36. Risk Is Rising for a Quantum Winter for Quantum Computing in Two to Three Years
  37. What Single Advance in Quantum Computing Is Most Needed in the Near Future?
  38. Quantum Computing Advances We Need to See Over the Coming 12 to 18 to 24 Months to Stay on Track
  39. Three Stages of Adoption for Quantum Computing: The ENIAC Moment, Configurable Packaged Quantum Solutions, and The FORTRAN Moment
  40. Configurable Packaged Quantum Solutions Are the Greatest Opportunity for Widespread Adoption of Quantum Computing
  41. What Is a Near-perfect Qubit?
  42. Preliminary Thoughts on the IBM 127-qubit Eagle Quantum Computer
  43. My Quantum Computing Wish List for Christmas 2021 and New Year 2022
  44. Prescription for Advancing Quantum Computing Much More Rapidly: Hold Off on Commercialization but Double Down on Pre-commercialization
  45. Model for Pre-commercialization Required Before Quantum Computing Is Ready for Commercialization
  46. Essential and Urgent Research Areas for Quantum Computing
  47. Beyond NISQ — Terms for Quantum Computers Based on Noisy, Near-perfect, and Fault-tolerant Qubits
  48. Fractional Quantum Advantage — Stepping Stones to Dramatic Quantum Advantage
  49. Where Are All of the 40-qubit Quantum Algorithms?
  50. Staged Model for Scaling of Quantum Algorithms
  51. Five Major Use Cases for a Classical Quantum Simulator
  52. Thoughts on the IBM Quantum Hardware Roadmap
  53. What Is Dramatic Quantum Advantage?
  54. Timeline of Early Classical Computers
  55. Nines of Qubit Fidelity
  56. Distance Scales for Interconnecting Quantum Computing Elements
  57. Preliminary Thoughts on Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computing, Quantum Error Correction, and Logical Qubits
  58. My Quantum Computing Wish List for Christmas 2020 and New Year 2021
  59. Beware of Quantum Algorithms Dependent on Fine Granularity of Phase
  60. Why Is IBM’s Notion of Quantum Volume Only Valid up to About 50 Qubits?
  61. Little Data With a Big Solution Space — the Sweet Spot for Quantum Computing
  62. My Journey into Quantum Computing
  63. When Will Quantum Computing Advance Beyond Mere Laboratory Curiosity?
  64. What Makes a Technology a Mere Laboratory Curiosity?
  65. Shots and Circuit Repetitions: Developing the Expectation Value for Results from a Quantum Computer
  66. My Interests in Quantum Computing: Its Capabilities, Limitations, and Issues
  67. What Are Quantum Effects and How Do They Enable Quantum Information Science?
  68. What Is the Quantum Advantage of Your Quantum Algorithm?
  69. What Is Algorithmic Complexity (or Computational Complexity) and Big-O Notation?
  70. What Is Quantum Information Science?
  71. References for Shor’s Algorithm for Cracking Strong Encryption Using a Quantum Computer
  72. Three Types of Quantum Algorithms and Quantum Applications
  73. What Can’t a Quantum Computer Compute?
  74. My Quantum Computing Wish List for Christmas 2019 and New Year 2020
  75. What Should We Make of Google’s Claim of Quantum Supremacy?
  76. Proposed Moore’s Law for Quantum Computing
  77. What Is Quantum Algorithmic Breakout and When Will It Be Achieved?
  78. Future Topics for My Writing on Quantum Computing
  79. Nobel Physics Prize Lectures Related to Quantum Mechanics
  80. Fake Predictions for Quantum Computing
  81. What Is Quantum Advantage and What Is Quantum Supremacy?
  82. When Will Quantum Computing Be Ready to Move Beyond the Lunatic Fringe?
  83. What Is the Lunatic Fringe (of Technology)?
  84. Will Quantum Computing Fall into the Adatran Trap?
  85. When Will Quantum Computing Have Its FORTRAN Moment?
  86. What Applications Are Suitable for a Quantum Computer?
  87. When Will Quantum Computing Have Its ENIAC Moment?
  88. Lingering Obstacles to My Full and Deep Understanding of Quantum Computing
  89. Quantum Advantage Now: Generation of True Random Numbers
  90. Framework for Principles of Operation for a Quantum Computer
  91. Questions About Quantum Computing
  92. Ingredients for Shor’s Algorithm for Cracking Strong Encryption Using a Quantum Computer
  93. Some Preliminary Questions About Shor’s Algorithm for Cracking Strong Encryption Using a Quantum Computer
  94. What Is a Universal Quantum Computer?
  95. The Greatest Challenges for Quantum Computing Are Hardware and Algorithms
  96. Quantum Computing Glossary (introduction plus 6 parts)
  97. Criteria for Judging Progress of the Development of Quantum Computing
  98. What Knowledge Is Needed to Deeply Comprehend Quantum Computing?
  99. Knowledge Needed to Deeply Comprehend Digital Computing

The following paper lists all of the topics which I have so far identified for my future writing on quantum computing: