Quantum information in the Posner model of quantum cognition

TitleQuantum information in the Posner model of quantum cognition
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsHalpern, NYunger, Crosson, E
JournalAnnals of Physics
Pagination92 - 147
KeywordsMeasurement-based quantum computation, Posner molecule, Quantum computation, Quantum entanglement, Quantum error correction, Quantum information processing, Quantum teleportation

Matthew Fisher recently postulated a mechanism by which quantum phenomena could influence cognition: Phosphorus nuclear spins may resist decoherence for long times. The spins would serve as biological qubits. The qubits may resist decoherence longer when in Posner molecules. We imagine that Fisher postulates correctly. How adroitly could biological systems process quantum information (QI)? We establish a framework for answering. Additionally, we construct applications of biological qubits to quantum error correction, quantum communication, and quantum computation. First, we posit how the QI encoded by the spins transforms as Posner molecules form. The transformation points to a natural computational basis for qubits in Posner molecules. From the basis, we construct a quantum code that detects arbitrary single-qubit errors. Each molecule encodes one qutrit. Shifting from information storage to computation, we define the model of Posner quantum computation. To illustrate the model’s quantum-communication ability, we show how it can teleport information incoherently: A state’s weights are teleported. Dephasing results from the entangling operation’s simulation of a coarse-grained Bell measurement. Whether Posner quantum computation is universal remains an open question. However, the model’s operations can efficiently prepare a Posner state usable as a resource in universal measurement-based quantum computation. The state results from deforming the Affleck–Kennedy–Lieb–Tasaki (AKLT) state and is a projected entangled-pair state (PEPS). Finally, we show that entanglement can affect molecular-binding rates, boosting a binding probability from 33.6% to 100% in an example. This work opens the door for the QI-theoretic analysis of biological qubits and Posner molecules.

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