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Quantum transport and switching in long-range coupled quantum systems

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posted on 28.03.2022, 12:00 by Clara Javaherian
Controlling the dynamics of quantum states is a common demand in quantum technology. We theoretically study quantum transport and switching in long-range coupled quantum networks possessing a single excitation. The qubit networks of our study are affected by Markovian environments while one qubit is irreversibly connected to an additional site. Different goals are studied towards controlling quantum transport such as efficient single excitation transfer, switching quantum transport,and manipulating the quantum states of qubit networks. These goals have been previously investigated using different mechanisms, however in this thesis we approach them by proposing appropriate geometrical arrangements of sites. Regarding efficient single excitation transfer we follow two approaches: Checking if there exist a spatial dimension preference for qubit arrangements towards optimal quantum transport, and whether the efficient network designs are robust against geometrical variations. For dimension analysis a random walk optimization method is used to compare the transport efficiency of networks expanded in one and two spatial dimensions. We find that for some choices of network parameters the two-dimensional networks are slightly more efficient than the one dimensional equivalent networks. This assures that designing one-dimensional qubit channels are adequate for efficient transport and the two-dimensional networks should only be considered where the two-dimensional spatial expansion is more compatible with the surrounding architecture. To design a network, after deciding about the network dimensionality, one may attempt to optimize the channel geometry which might result in a non-robust optimal configuration against the geometrical errors. To achieve robust optimal configurations we follow two approaches: We investigate the efficient configurations of sites in both one and two dimensional arrangements and present some patterns of robust geometric arrangements of sites in geometrical parameter space. Another approach to achieve robust efficient transport is defining a quantity as the geometrical robustness (georobustness) of qubit networks. By optimising geo-robustness against the network-environment parameters one can efficiently transfer a single excitation with many arbitrary arrangements of the network sites. Switching of quantum states is another goal towards controlled quantum dynamics. We study the transport characteristics of highly symmetric three-dimensional networks and analytically prove that a fraction of the initially injected excitation can trap for long durations via the creation of dark states. Using this characteristic we suggest switching devices which are robust against environmental noises.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction -- Efficient quantum transport in qubit networks --3. Geometrical robustness of qubit networks -- 4. Switching application of qubit networks -- 5. Conclusion.


Bibliography: pages 89-97 Thesis by publication.

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Department, Centre or School

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Jason Twamley


Copyright Clara Javaherian 2016. Copyright disclaimer: http://mq.edu.au/library/copyright




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Former Identifiers

mq:68988 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1249385