Welcome to Squankum
Currently Squankum lets you :
- Visualize a single qubit
- Observe the representation on a Bloch Sphere
- Observe the relationship between the Bloch angular representation and spinor notation
- Perform single-qubit operations
- Observe representation of two coupled qubits (not fully implemented)
History of Squankum
- Originally developed in 2003-2004 as part of a technology fellowship with Johns Hopkins Center for Educational Resources
- There had been a fair amount of interest in this project, and in 2007 I released the source code under the GPL
Why the name Squankum?
- Firstly, Squankum sounds cool, something roughly like an abbreviation for Simulation of Quantum Computation.
- More realistically, Squankum is an old name for an unincorporated community near Freehold, New Jersey where I grew up. Squankum itself is a name in the Algonquian language meaning "Place of Evil Ghosts", given to the area by the Native American Lenni-Lenape tribe. They were possibly referring to the mosquitos.