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Fast Quantum Algorithms for Traversing Paths of Eigenstates



S. Boixo, Emanuel Knill, Rolando Somma


Consider a path of non-degenerate eigenstates |psi_s>, 0<= s<= 1 of unitary operators U_s or Hamiltonians H_s with minimum eigenvalue gap Δ. The eigenpath traversal problem is to transform one or more copies of |psi_0> to |psi_1> Solutions to this problem have applications ranging from quantum physics simulation to optimization. For Hamiltonians, the conventional way of doing this is by applying the adiabatic theorem. We give ''digital'' methods for performing the transformation that require no assumption on path continuity or differentiability other than the absence of large jumps. Given sufficient information about eigenvalues and overlaps between states on the path, the transformation can be accomplished with complexity O((L/Δ) log(L/epsilon)), where L is the angular length of the path and epsilon is a specified bound on the error of the output state. We show that the required information can be obtained in a first set of transformations, whose complexity per state transformed has an additional factor that depends logarithmically on a maximum angular velocity along the path. This velocity is averaged over constant angular distances and does not require continuity. Our methods have substantially better behavior than conventional adiabatic algorithms, with fewer conditions on the path. They also improve on the previously best digital methods and demonstrate that path length is the primary parameter that determines the complexity of state transformation along a path.
Quantum Information & Computation


quantum computing, quantum algorithms, adiabatic methods


Boixo, S. , Knill, E. and Somma, R. (2010), Fast Quantum Algorithms for Traversing Paths of Eigenstates, Quantum Information & Computation, [online], (Accessed May 22, 2024)


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Created May 16, 2010, Updated October 12, 2021