A systematic method to building Dirac quantum walks coupled to electromagnetic fields

Gareth Jay, Fabrice Debbasch, Jingbo Wang

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Abstract

A quantum walk whose continuous limit coincides with Dirac equation is usually called a Dirac quantum walk (DQW). A new systematic method to build DQWs coupled to electromagnetic (EM) fields is introduced and put to test on several examples of increasing difficulty. It is first used to derive the EM coupling of a 3D walk on the cubic lattice. Recently introduced DQWs on the triangular lattice are then re-derived, showing for the first time that these are the only DQWs that can be defined with spinors living on the vertices of these lattices. As a third example of the method’s effectiveness, a new 3D walk on a parallelepiped lattice is derived. As a fourth, negative example, it is shown that certain lattices like the rhombohedral lattice cannot be used to build DQWs. The effect of changing representation in the Dirac equation is also discussed. Furthermore, we show the simulation of the established DQWs can be efficiently implemented on a quantum computer.

Original languageEnglish
Article number422
JournalQuantum Information Processing
Volume19
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

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