# Quantum Walks for Computer Scientists (Synthesis Lectures on Quantum Computing)

Language: English

Pages: 134

ISBN: 1598296566

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Quantum computation, one of the latest joint ventures between physics and the theory of computation, is a scientific field whose main goals include the development of hardware and algorithms based on the quantum mechanical properties of those physical systems used to implement such algorithms. Solving difficult tasks (for example, the Satisfiability Problem and other NP-complete problems) requires the development of sophisticated algorithms, many ofwhich employ stochastic processes as their mathematical basis. Discrete random walks are a popular choice among those stochastic processes. Inspired on the success of discrete random walks in algorithm development, quantum walks, an emerging field of quantum computation, is a generalization of random walks into the quantum mechanical world. The purpose of this lecture is to provide a concise yet comprehensive introduction to quantum walks. Table of Contents: Introduction / Quantum Mechanics / Theory of Computation / Classical Random Walks / Quantum Walks / Computer Science and Quantum Walks / Conclusions

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unrestricted DQWL, it was shown in [126] that σ (X) t √ 2−1 → as t → ∞. In any case, the standard deviation of the unrestricted Hadamard 2 DQWL is O(t) and that result is in contrast with the standard deviation of an unrestricted √ classical random walk on a line, which is O( t) (Eq. (4.12)). 3. Mixing time. It was shown in [96, 113] that an unrestricted Hadamard DQWL has a linear (q ) (q ) mixing time τ = O(t), where t is the number of steps. Furthermore, τ was compared with the corresponding

with |V | = n then a continuous time random walk on G can be described by the order n infinitesimal generator matrix M given by −γ , a = b, (a, b) ∈ G Mab = 0, kγ , a = b, (a, b) ∈ /G (5.37) a = b and k is the valence of vertex a. Following [167, 182], the probability of being at vertex a at time t is given by d p a (t) =− dt Mab p b (t). (5.38) b Now, let us define a Hamiltonian [167, 182] that closely follows Eq. (5.37). Definition 5.4.2. Let Hˆ be a Hamiltonian with matrix

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