Controlled information transfer in continuous-time chiral quantum walks

A. Khalique, A. Sett, J. B. Wang, J. Twamley

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In this paper we investigate properties of continuous time chiral quantum walks, which possess complex valued edge weights in the underlying graph structure, together with an initial Gaussian wavefunction spread over a number of vertices.We demonstrate that, for certain graph topology and phase matching conditions, we are able to direct the flow of probability amplitudes in a specific direction inside the graph network.We design a quantum walk graph analogue of an optical circulator which is a combination of a cycle and semi-infinite chain graphs. Excitations input into the circulator from a semi-infinite chain are routed in a directionally biased fashion to output to a different semi-infinite chain.We examine in detail a two port circulator graph which spatially separates excitations flowing back in forth between the two semi-finite chains to directionally occupy the top or bottom half of the cycle portion of the circulator. This setup can be used, for example, to detect non-Markovian processes, which leads to information and energy back-flow from the bath back into the system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number083005
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021


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