Coend Optics for Quantum Combs

18 May 2022  ·  James Hefford, Cole Comfort ·

We compare two possible ways of defining a category of 1-combs, the first intensionally as coend optics and the second extensionally as a quotient by the operational behaviour of 1-combs on lower-order maps. We show that there is a full and bijective on objects functor quotienting the intensional definition to the extensional one and give some sufficient conditions for this functor to be an isomorphism of categories. We also show how the constructions for 1-combs can be extended to produce polycategories of n-combs with similar results about when these polycategories are equivalent. The extensional definition is of particular interest in the study of quantum combs and we hope this work might produce further interest in the usage of optics for modelling these structures in quantum theory.

PDF Abstract
No code implementations yet. Submit your code now


Quantum Physics Logic in Computer Science Category Theory