Experimental quantum Hamiltonian learning

Jianwei Wang, Stefano Paesani, Raffaele Santagati, Sebastian Knauer, Antonio A. Gentile, Nathan Wiebe, Maurangelo Petruzzella, Jeremy L. O'Brien, John G. Rarity, Anthony Laing, Mark G. Thompson

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Abstract

The efficient characterization of quantum systems, the verification of the operations of quantum devices and the validation of underpinning physical models, are central challenges for quantum technologies and fundamental physics. The computational cost of such studies could be improved by machine learning enhanced by quantum simulators. Here we interface two different quantum systems through a classical channel - a silicon-photonics quantum simulator and an electron spin in a diamond nitrogen-vacancy centre - and use the former to learn the Hamiltonian of the latter via Bayesian inference. We learn the salient Hamiltonian parameter with an uncertainty of approximately 10 -5. Furthermore, an observed saturation in the learning algorithm suggests deficiencies in the underlying Hamiltonian model, which we exploit to further improve the model. We implement an interactive version of the protocol and experimentally show its ability to characterize the operation of the quantum photonic device.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-555
Number of pages5
JournalNature Physics
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes

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    Wang, J., Paesani, S., Santagati, R., Knauer, S., Gentile, A. A., Wiebe, N., Petruzzella, M., O'Brien, J. L., Rarity, J. G., Laing, A., & Thompson, M. G. (2017). Experimental quantum Hamiltonian learning. Nature Physics, 13(6), 551-555. https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys4074