With the recent claim of a quantum advantage demonstration in photonics by Zhong et al, the question of the computation of lower-order approximations of boson sampling with arbitrary quantum states at arbitrary distinguishability has come to the fore. In this work, we present results in this direction, building on the results of Clifford and Clifford. In particular, we show: 1) How to compute marginal detection probabilities (i.e. probabilities of the detection of some but not all photons) for arbitrary quantum states. 2) Using the first result, how to generalize the sampling algorithm of Clifford and Clifford to arbitrary photon distinguishabilities and arbitrary input quantum states. 3) How to incorporate truncations of the quantum interference into a sampling algorithm. 4) A remark considering maximum likelihood verification of the recent photonic quantum advantage experiment.

Original language | English |
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Publisher | ArXiv |
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Number of pages | 9 |
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Publication status | Published - 29 Dec 2020 |
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Name | arXiv.org |
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Publisher | Cornell University |
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