Did you ever think what is like detecting mines using quantum physics?
Quantum Minesweeper is an Android application, introduced as a quantum extension of the well-known classical minesweeper. Its main objective is to teach the unique concepts of quantum mechanics in a fun way.
Quantum minesweeper demonstrates the effects of superposition, entanglement and their non-local characteristics. While in the classical minesweeper the goal of the game is to discover all the mines laid out on a board without triggering them, in the quantum version there are several classical boards in superposition. The goal is to know the exact quantum state, i.e. the precise layout of all the mines in all the superposed classical boards.
The player can perform three types of measurement: a classical measurement that probabilistically collapses the superposition; a quantum interaction-free measurement that can detect a mine without triggering it; and an entanglement measurement that provides non-local information. The application of the concepts taught by quantum minesweeper to one-way quantum computing are also presented.
Devices compatible with Android 2.2 and up.
Direct downloads from Google Play Store:
You can support physics education by buying the pro version.
The Android port was developed with the contribution of:
- Dr. Goren & Michal Gordon – Author of Quantum Minesweeper game
- Davidson Institute of Science Education