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**Pablo Arrighi and Jonathan Grattage
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University of Grenoble, LIG, 220 rue de la Chimie, 38400 SMH, France

Abstract. We describe an n-dimensional quantum cellular automaton (QCA) capable of simulating all others, in that the initial conﬁguration and the forward evolution of any n-dimensional QCA can be encoded within the initial conﬁguration of the universal QCA. Several steps of the universal QCA then correspond to one step of the simulated QCA. The simulation preserves the topology in the sense that each cell of the simulated QCA is encoded as a group of adjacent cells in the universal QCA. The encoding is linear and hence does not carry any of the cost of the computation.

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Introduction

Cellular automata and intrinsic universality. Cellular automata (CA) were invented to model spatially distributed computation in space as we know it [26, 37, 41]. CA consist of an array of identical cells, each of which may take one of a ﬁnite number of possible states. The whole array evolves in discrete time steps by iterating a function ∆. Moreover this global evolution ∆ is shift-invariant (it acts the same way everywhere) and causal (information cannot be transmitted faster than some ﬁxed number of cells per time step). This model of computation is clearly physics-like [22], as it shares some fundamental symmetries of theoretical physics: homogeneity (invariance of the physical laws in time and space), causality, and often reversibility. The way in which CA are programmed is also physics-like, often constructing ‘signals’ or ‘particles’ that ‘interact’ or ‘collide’ with one another. Often demonstrating that a CA is universal for computation feels very much like building an entire computer from scratch, with wires, gates etc., in the ‘virtual world’ of the CA [14]. Yet researchers in CA have always been looking for more than just running any algorithm – seeking to run distributed algorithms in a distributed manner, model some other phenomena together with its spatial structure, or make use of the spatial parallelism which is inherent to the model. Hence they have returned [1, 7, 14] to the original meaning of the word ‘universal’, namely the ability for one instance of a computational model to be able to simulate all other instances of the same computational model. The introduction of a partial order on CA via the notion of grouping [24] and subsequent generalisations of this notion [29, 35], have led to elegant and robust deﬁnitions of intrinsic universality, as an extremum of this partial order. There are now an impressive number of results relating to intrinsically universal CA, as

reviewed in [12, 29] – i.e. results on CA that are capable of simulating all others eﬃciently and directly. They can, of course, also simulate those CA which are capable of simulating the Turing Machine (TM). Closer to our setting there are intrinsically universal Reversible CA constructions by Durand-L¨se [15, 16]. o Notice that the diﬃculty is in having an n-dimensional reversible CA simulate all other n-dimensional reversible CA and not, say, the (n − 1)-dimensional reversible CA – otherwise we could use a history-keeping dimension, as in Toﬀoli [36]. QCA and intrinsic universality. Von Neumann provided the modern axiomatisation of quantum theory in terms of the density matrix formalism in 1955, and the CA model of computation in 1966, but he did not bring the two together. Feynman did [18] in 1986, just as he was inventing the concept of Quantum Computation (QC). Besides wanting to extend these historic developments, let us now list the motivations that have brought people from diﬀerent communities to the study of QCA (the ﬁrst two are the original ones by Feynman). Reviews of QCA are found in refs. [2, 11, 43]. - Implementation perspective. QCA may prove an important path to realistic implementations of QC, mainly because they eliminate the need for an external, classical control over the computation and hence the principal source of decoherence. This route is continuously under investigation [10, 19, 27, 38, 40]. - Simulation perspective. QC were invented ﬁrst as a means to simulate eﬃciently other quantum physical systems. This remains perhaps one of the most likely applications of QC. However, it may not be straightforward to encode the theoretical description of a quantum physical system into a QC in a relevant manner, i.e. so that the QC can provide an accurate and eﬃcient simulation. QCA constitute a natural theoretical setting for this purpose, in particular in the case of Quantum Lattice-Gas Automata [8, 9, 17, 21, 25]. - CA perspective. Because CA are a physics-like model of computation (a term coined by Margolus in [22]) it is therefore natural to study their quantum extensions (as done in ref. [23]). - Models of computation perspective. Shaken by the advent of QC, theoretical computer science continues to ask ‘What is a computer, ultimately?’ QCA provide a model of QC which, just like CA, takes into account space as we know it. Hence they constitute a framework to model and reason about problems in spatially distributed QC. - Theoretical physics perspective. QCA could provide helpful toy models for theoretical physics, as was also advocated for instance in [20], e.g. by providing bridges between computer science notions and modern theoretical physics – such as universality. In the realm of QC, Watrous [42] has proved that QCA are universal in the sense of QTM. Then Shepherd, Franz and Werner [34] deﬁned a class of QCA where the scattering unitary Ui changes at each step i (CCQCA). Via this construct they built a QCA of cell-dimension 12 which is universal in the circuit-sense. Universality in the circuit-sense had already been achieved by Van Dam [39], Cirac and Vollbrecht [40], Nagaj and Wocjan [27] and Raussendorf [32]. To our

knowledge there was no previous work on intrinsically universal QCA before we tackled this issue in the one-dimensional case in [3]. Given the crucial role of this notion in the classical CA theory, it was natural to tackle this issue in the quantum setting. Moreover we will argue that this could be ﬁrst step towards exporting the notion of universality from theoretical Computer Science to Theoretical Physics – and explain why this is desirable. In section 2 the necessary theoretical background to QCA is provided, and the notion of intrinsic simulation is transposed to this theory. In section 3 the intrinsically universal QCA is constructed. A summary, a discussion, and possible future work are given in section 4.

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Fig. 1. (Left.) Partitioned one-dimensional QCA with scattering unitary U . Each line represents a quantum system, in this case a whole cell. Each square represents a scattering unitary U which is applied to two cells. Time ﬂows upwards. (Right.) The QCA deﬁned by U simulates the QCA deﬁned by V . In this case we need two cells of the U -deﬁned QCA in order to encode one cell of the V -deﬁned QCA, and we need to run the U -deﬁned QCA for four time steps in order to simulate one time step of the V -deﬁned QCA.

We present the fundamental deﬁnitions surrounding n-dimensional QCA. Deﬁnition 1 (Finite conﬁgurations) A (ﬁnite) conﬁguration c over Σ is a function c : Zn −→ Σ, with (ii , . . . , in ) −→ c(ii , . . . , in ) = cii ...in , such that there exists a (possibly empty) interval I verifying (ii , . . . , in ) ∈ I ⇒ cii ...in = q. The / smallest such interval I is called interval domain of c, and is denoted idom(c). The set of all ﬁnite conﬁgurations over Σ will be denoted CΣ . f

Whilst conﬁgurations hold the basic states of an entire array of cells, and hence denote the possible basic states of the entire QCA, the global state of a QCA may be a superposition of these. The following deﬁnition holds as CΣ is a countably f inﬁnite set. Deﬁnition 2 (Superpositions of conﬁgurations) Let HCΣ be the Hilbert f space of conﬁgurations, deﬁned as follows. To each ﬁnite conﬁguration c is associated to a unit vector |c , such that the family (|c )c∈CΣ is an orthonormal f basis of HCΣ . A superposition of conﬁgurations is then a unit vector in HCΣ . f f Deﬁnition 3 (Causality) A linear operator G : HCΣ −→ HCΣ is said to be f f

1 causal with radius 2 if and only if for any ρ, ρ two states over HCΣ , and for f any i ∈ Z, we have ρ|N = ρ |N ⇒ G(ρ)G† |i1 ...in = G(ρ )G† |i1 ...in where ρ|N means the restriction of ρ to the neighbourhood N in the sense of the partial trace, and G† is the Hermitian adjoint of G, where N = {i1 , i1 + 1} × . . . × {in , in + 1}.

The formal deﬁnition of n-dimensional QCA can now be given: Deﬁnition 4 (QCA) An n-dimensional quantum cellular automaton (QCA) is an operator G : HCΣ −→ HCΣ which is unitary, shift-invariant and causal. This is clearly the natural axiomatic quantisation of the notion of CA. It was given in [5, 6], but stems from an equivalent deﬁnition in the literature, phrased in terms of homomorphism of a C ∗ -algebra [33]. Please refer to these two papers for a discussion of the above deﬁnitions. There has also been several non axiomatic approaches to QCA, as we discuss later. Intrinsic simulation of n-dimensional QCA. In order to quantise this notion our main source of inspiration was [29]. The basic intuition is that in order to say ‘G simulates H’ we translate the content of each cell of H into cells of G, run G, and then reverse the translation – and this three step process amounts to just running H. This translation should be simple (the cost of the computation will be carried over only by G), it should preserve the topology (each cell of H is encoded into cells of G in a way which preserves neighbours), and it should be faithful (the idea is that no information should be lost in translation). This latter requirement translates into a precise notion in quantum theory, which is that of an isometry, i.e. an inner product preserving evolution with Enc† Enc = I. This same requirement is in line with the translation being a physical process, i.e. that an actual translating machine could be built, in theory. Deﬁnition 5 (Isometric coding) Consider ΣG and ΣH , two alphabets with distinguished quiescent states qG and qH , and such that |ΣH | ≤ |ΣG |. Consider HΣG and HΣH the Hilbert spaces having these alphabets as their basis, and HCG , f HCH the Hilbert spaces of ﬁnite conﬁgurations over these alphabets. f

Let E be an isometric linear map from HΣH to HΣG which preserves quiescence, i.e. such that E|qH = |qG . It trivially extends into an isometric linear map Enc = ( Zn E) from HCH into HCG , which we refer to as an isometric f f encoding. Let D be an isometric linear map from HΣG to HΣH ⊗HΣG which also preserves quiescence, in the sense that D|qG = |qH ⊗ |qG . It trivially extends into an isometric linear map Dec = ( Zn D) from HCG into HCH ⊗ HCG , which we f f f refer to as an isometric decoding. The isometries E and D deﬁne an isometric coding if the following condition is satisﬁed: ∀|ψ ∈ HCH , ∃|φ ∈ HCG / |ψ ⊗ |φ = Dec (Enc|ψ ) . f f (The understanding here is that Dec is morally an inverse function of Enc, but we may leave out some garbage |φ on the way.) Deﬁnition 6 (Direct simulation) Consider ΣG and ΣH , two alphabets with distinguished quiescent states qG and qH , and two QCA G and H over these alphabets. We say that G directly simulates H, if and only if there exists an isometric coding such that ∀i ∈ N, ∀|ψ ∈ HCH , ∃|φ ∈ HCG / (Gi |ψ ) ⊗ |φ = Dec H i (Enc|ψ ) . f f Unfortunately this is not enough for intrinsic simulation. Often we want to say that G simulates H even though the translation: - takes several cells of H into several cells of G; - demands several steps of G in order to simulate several steps of H. Hence the notion of grouping, as in the following deﬁnitions. Deﬁnition 7 (Grouping) Let G be a QCA over alphabet Σ. Let s and t be n two integers, q a word in Σ = Σ s . Consider the iterate global evolution Gt up to a grouping of each hypercube of sn adjacent cells into one supercell. If this operator can be considered to be a QCA G over Σ with quiescent symbol q , then we say that G is an (s, t, q )-grouping of G. Deﬁnition 8 (Intrinsic simulation) Consider ΣG and ΣH , two alphabets with distinguished quiescent states qG and qH , and two QCA G and H over these alphabets. We say that G intrinsically simulates H if and only if there exists G some grouping of G and H some grouping of H such that G directly simulates H. In other words, G intrinsically simulates H if and only if there exists some isometry E which translates supercells of H into supercells of G, such that if we then iterate G and translate back, the whole process is equivalent an iteration of H. From QCA to PQCA. There have been several non-axiomatic approaches to deﬁning QCA [10, 11, 27, 32, 39, 42]. These all make particular assumptions about the form of the local action of G. A subclass of QCA that stands out as being the most canonical of these non-axiomatic deﬁnitions is the Partitioned QCA.

Deﬁnition 9 (Partitioned QCA) A partitioned n-dimensional quantum cellularn automaton (PQCA) is deﬁned by a unitary operators U such that U : ⊗2 ⊗2n HΣ −→ HΣ , and U |qq . . . qq = |qq . . . qq , i.e. that takes 2n cells into 2n cells and preserve quiescence. Consider G = ( 2Zn U ) the operator over H. The induced global evolution is G at odd time steps, and σG at even time steps, where σ is a translation by one in all directions, cf. Fig. 1 ( left). In this paper we will construct an intrinsically universal PQCA (i.e. one which is able to simulate any other PQCA). However in order to claim that this is an intrinsically universal QCA (i.e. one which is able to simulate any QCA as arising from the axiomatic deﬁnition of Section 2), we need to show that we can restrict our attention to PQCA without loss of generality. In the extended version of this paper [4] we show the following. Theorem 1 (PQCA are universal) [4] Given any n-dimensional QCA H, there exists an n-dimensional PQCA G which simulates H. By doing this we have also reconciled all of these above mentioned non-axiomatic deﬁnitions of QCA, and provided an axiomatics for them; i.e. we have shown that they can all simulate one another, and in that sense they are all equivalent to the axiomatic deﬁnition. This proof relies on the structure theorem of [5] and together with original constructions.

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Ultimately the picture one needs to have in mind in order to follow this section just that of Fig. 1: the aim is to ﬁnd a particular U -deﬁned QCA which is capable of intrinsically simulating any V -deﬁned QCA, whatever the V . In order to describe that U -deﬁned QCA two things must be deﬁned: - Cells structure; i.e. what are the vertical lines of Fig. 1 made of. For clarity they will be decomposed into subsystems. Subsystems have names in bold. - How U acts upon a pair of these cells, and more precisely upon the subsystems making up the pair of cells. Circuit universality versus intrinsic universality in higher dimensions. Intrinsic universality refers to the ability for one CA to simulate any other CA, whereas computation-universality is about simulating a TM. Additionally, circuit universality refers to the ability of one CA to simulate any circuit. Informally, in the quantum setting, this means having a QCA which is capable of simulating any ﬁnitary combination of a universal set of quantum gates, such as the standard gate set: Cnot, Phase, and Hadamard. In n-dimensions there is a commonly held opinion in the CA community according to which circuit universality implies intrinsic universality, and hence all of these notions are equivalent, see for example the discussion in [29]. Strictly speaking this is not true. For example, consider a 2-dimensional CA which runs onedimensional CA in parallel. If the one-dimensional CA is circuit/computation universal, but not computation/intrinsically universal, then so is the 2-dimensional CA. In the QCA setting it really seems that the 2-dimensional constructions

in [11] and [32] are indeed circuit universal but not intrinsically universal. Yet this commonly held opinion remains a good rule-of-thumb. Indeed CA admit a block representation, and for reversible CA these blocks are simply permutations. We saw that QCA also admit a block representation, and that these blocks are unitary matrices. This means we can express the evolution of any (Quantum/Reversible) CA as an inﬁnite (quantum/reversible) circuit of (quantum/reversible) gates repeating across space. Hence the intuition that if a CA is circuit universal, and if it has the ability of wiring up together diﬀerent circuit-pieces in diﬀerent regions of space, then it can simulate the block representation of any CA, and hence it can simulate any CA in a way which preserves its spatial structure – it is intrinsically universal. This is the route we will follow in order to construct our intrinsically universal n-dimensional QCA. First we will explain how to construct the ‘wires’ which can carry information across diﬀerent regions of space. In this setting these are just signals travelling in space, which can be redirected or delayed by using barriers, with each signal holding a qubit of information. Secondly, it will be explained how to construct the ‘circuit-pieces’, i.e. how to implement gates and combine them. One and two qubit gates will be implemented as obstacles to and collisions of these signals. In order to give a formal completion to the proof, it is shown that since any n-dimensional QCA can be expressed as a PQCA, we can ﬂatten this inﬁnitely repeating two-layered circuit into space (i.e. so that at the beginning all the signals carrying qubits ﬁnd themselves in circuit-pieces implementing one of the scattering unitary of the ﬁrst layer, and then they all synchronously exit and travel to circuit-pieces implementing the scattering unitary of the second layer, etc.). Ideally we would provide an algorithm for performing this ﬂattening. We do not describe the process in too high a level of detail to maintain clarity, as per the corresponding classical literature. However, a good intuition of the ﬂattening process for a 2-dimensional PQCA is presented in Fig. 2 and 3. Clearly we can do the same in n-dimensions. Signals carrying qubits, barriers. We begin by explaining how to code for signals travelling along the cardinal directions of space. Each cell requires two axis subsystems, x-axis and y-axis which can be either empty, or hold a single qubit. The direction of propagation does not need to be signed, i.e. it suﬃces to know that a particle is travelling along some axis and to know the parity of its position in order to know the direction in which it is travelling along the axis. This is because whenever a unitary interaction U acts upon a square of four cells, there is only one choice of cell for the propagation of the signal. The ability to redirect these signals is also required, and this is achieved by ‘bouncing’ them oﬀ a barrier. The movement operation is shown in Fig. 4, it acts on a partition of four cells. The eﬀect of the barrier subsystem is also given, and acts on individual cells; note that for now we assume that only one axis subsystem is carrying

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a qubit. The movement permutation is applied to the cell neighbourhood ﬁrst, followed by the single cell operations. Using only these operations we can easily delay, Fig. 5, and swap, Fig. 6, signals. For signals to be correctly synchronised, each operation takes 24 timesteps, and each qubit operates in a 4 × 16 cell grid so that they can be plugged together as in the right of Fig. 3. Collisions and derived gates. Two qubit-carrying signals meet and collide when both the x-axis and the y-axis subsystems of a single cell are holding a qubit.

Fig. 4. The rule for the basic movement of signals is presented on the left. Each cell is denoted by a square, split into three. The central circle holds the barrier subsystem, while the top-left triangle holds the x-axis subsystem, and the bottom-right triangle holds the y-axis subsystem (see grey arrows). Movement leaves the barrier subsystem unchanged, and acts as a simple permutation of the axis subsystems, shown in the diagram by the variables a to h. In the circuit representation given in ﬁgure 11, this operation is implemented by rewiring. The eﬀect of the barrier subsystem (×) is shown on the right. When there is only one occupied axis, the action is simply to exchange the axis subsystems. In the circuit representation axis-switching is implemented by the controlled-swap operation of the B-gate in Fig. 11. These operations are self-inverse on the basis states, and hence unitary.

Fig. 5. An ‘identity circuit’ tile, made from two consecutive delay tiles. The dotted line shows the trajectory of the signal, and the arrow denotes the entry point and direction of signal propagation.

In order to allow a universal set of gates to be implemented by our QCA, a collision between two signals will apply either the Hadamard operation on both carried qubits, or the cPhase gate (controlled-phase, with the phase change iπ deﬁned as e 4 ) on both carried qubits – depending upon whether there is or is not a barrier, see Fig. 7 & Fig. 11.. If a barrier is present the signals are also deﬂected, as expected; otherwise the signals continue on their original trajectory. From these building blocks a two qubit cPhase gate tile, and one qubit Phase gate and Hadamard gate tiles can be constructed, as shown in Fig. 8, 9, and 10 respectively. Notice that our chosen set of quantum gates is indeed universal as we can recover the standard set (cNot, H, Phase) via Cnot|ψ = (I ⊗ H)(cPhase)4 (I ⊗ H)|ψ .

Name Size Function x-axis 3 Empty, or holding a qubit signal: | ,|0 , |1 . y-axis 3 Empty, or holding a qubit signal: | , |0 , |1 . barrier 2 Empty, or holding an axis-change barrier: | , ×. Table 1. Subsystems of a cell dealing with qubit carrying signals and barriers.

Fig. 6. The ‘swap circuit’ tile, which permutes the two inputs. Note that there are no collisions.

Fig. 7. The collision of two signals when the barrier subsystem is empty also acts as a controlled phase (cP) operation on the qubits (top). If both axis signals are |1 , then a global phase of eiπ/4 is added to the conﬁguration. Note that all subsystems remain unchanged, and in all other cases this operation is simply the identity. The collision of two signals when a barrier is present (bottom) causes the Hadamard (H) operation to be applied to both qubits, causing the cell to move into a superposition of four cells. The signals are also deﬂected by the barrier, which is denoted by the exchanging of the axis subsystems. Normalisation factors of 1 have been omitted for clarity. These are 2 implemented by the B gate of Fig. 11.

Fig. 8. The ‘cPhase circuit’ tile, with a collision at the highlighted cell.

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Main claim. In summary, we have constructed a two-dimensional QCA capable of simulating all others with linear overhead. This intrinsically universal

Fig. 9. The ‘Phase gate’ tile. This tile makes use of a signal, set to |1 , which loops inside the grid every 8 time-steps, ensuring that it will collide with the signal that enters the conﬁguration and causing it to act as the control qubit to a cPhase operation. This therefore acts as a phase rotation on the input qubit, which passes directly through.

Fig. 10. The ‘Hadamard gate’ tile, which applies the Hadamard operation to the input signal. Like the ‘Phase circuit’ tile, this tile makes use of a looping signal, ensuring that it will collide with the signal that enters the tile.

QCA is a Partitioned QCA (Fig. 1) of cell-dimension 18 and whose scattering unitary we have given explicitly (Fig. 11). We have given this construction in two-dimensions, but it is clear that it generalises to n-dimensions. Our main, formal result can be stated as follows. Theorem 2 There exists G a n-dimensional U -deﬁned QCA which is intrinsically universal QCA in the following sense. Let H be a n-dimensional V -deﬁned QCA such that V can be expressed as a quantum circuit C made of gates amongst H, Cnot, Phase. Then G is able to intrinsically simulate H. Notice that any ﬁnite-dimensional unitary V can always be approximated by a circuit C(V ) with an arbitrary small error ε = max|ψ ||V |ψ − C|ψ ||. Say G simulates the C(V )-deﬁned QCA instead, for a region of s cells and over a period t, then the error with respect to the V -deﬁned QCA will be bounded by stε. This is due to the general statement that errors in quantum circuits increase at most proportionally with time and space [28]. Combined with Thm. 1, this means that G is intrinsically universal, up to this unavoidable approximation. Discussion & future work. So far QC has mainly dealt with theoretical physics coming to the help of theoretical computer science for the purpose of more secure and eﬃcient computing. By doing so it has shaken the foundations of Computer Science, and hence QC scientists have had to reconsider and redevelop information theory, complexity theory etc. However, information theory has also come to play a crucial role in foundations of theoretical physics (e.g. deepening our understanding of entanglement [13] and decoherence [31]). Generally speaking, there is a tendency to abstract away the foundational theoretical problems from particles, matter, forces and cast them in terms of information exchanges only.

Fig. 11. The scattering unitary U as a quantum circuit, with time ﬂowing upwards. Each cell is split into its three subsystems representing x-axis, y-axis, and barrier (×). The axis subsystems are ﬁrst permuted following the scheme given in Fig. 4, while the barrier subsystem simply passes through. The second stage sees the barrier subsystem of each cell act as the control for the B-gate on the each cells axis subsystems. The action and of the B circuit is given on the right. The cP∗ gate applies the cPhase operation to the axis subsystem on the subspaces when they are both non-empty. This operation is only applied if the cell does not contain a barrier. The H∗ gate applies the Hadamard operation to both qubit signals stored in axis subsystems, and is the identity if either of these subsystems are empty. Again, it is only applied if the cell contains a barrier, and this operation, along with the controlled axis-permutation, implements fully the rules given in Fig. 7. The whole circuit represents the scattering unitary U ; it takes four cells and yields back four cells. This is the complete deﬁnition of the scattering unitary, and proves that it is indeed unitary.

Could computer science notions contribute to this trend? We believe that universality, amongst all of the many concepts that computer science has developed, will turn out to be a essential, simplifying methodology in this respect. For example, if the foundational theoretical problem crucially involves some notion of interaction, universality will still make it possible to abstract away from particles, matter, forces, and cast the problem in terms of information exchanges again together with some universal information processing. Hence, this work can be viewed as an attempt to export the notion of universality to theoretical physics, i.e. a rigorous step along the quest for a universal physical phenomena, here in some simpliﬁed mechanics. Notice that because the spatial arrangement of interaction does matter in physics, this is another reason why intrinsic universality is preferred over computation universality. Although this QCA is universal, it probably is not minimal; in comparison, the simplest known nearest-neighbour intrinsically universal classical CA has cell dimension 4 [30]. We will pursue our research in two directions: ﬁnding a minimal intrinsically universal QCA, and working out similar universal physical phenomena for a more complex mechanics.

Acknowledgements

P.J.A would like to thank J´rˆme Durand-L¨se, Jacques Mazoyer, Nicolas Ollinger, eo o Guillaume Theyssier and Philippe Jorrand.

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