KIP publications

year 2018
author(s) Markus Heyl, Philipp Hauke, Peter Zoller
title Quantum localization bounds Trotter errors in digital quantum simulation
KIP-Nummer HD-KIP 18-130
KIP-Gruppe(n) F17,F29
document type Paper
Keywords Digital quantum simulation, Trotter error, Schwinger model
source arXiv:1806.11123 (2018)
doi 10.1126/sciadv.aau8342
Abstract (en)

A fundamental challenge in digital quantum simulation (DQS) is the control of inherent errors. These appear when discretizing the time evolution generated by the Hamiltonian of a quantum many-body system as a sequence of quantum gates, called Trotterization. Here, we show that quantum localization-by constraining the time evolution through quantum interference-strongly bounds these errors for local observables. Consequently, for generic quantum many-body Hamiltonians, Trotter errors can become independent of system size and total simulation time. For local observables, DQS is thus intrinsically much more robust than what one might expect from known error bounds on the global many-body wave function. This robustness is characterized by a sharp threshold as a function of the Trotter step size. The threshold separates a regular region with controllable Trotter errors, where the system exhibits localization in the space of eigenstates of the time-evolution operator, from a quantum chaotic regime where the trajectory is quickly scrambled throughout the entire Hilbert space. Our findings show that DQS with comparatively large Trotter steps can retain controlled Trotter errors for local observables. It is thus possible to reduce the number of quantum gate operations required to represent the desired time evolution faithfully, thereby mitigating the effects of imperfect individual gate operations.

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