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Title: Evolution of entanglement structure in open quantum systems
Author: Morley-Wilkinson, James Gordon
ISNI:       0000 0004 8507 8834
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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The thesis presents research related to the dynamics of quantum systems, both isolated and in the presence of interactions with their environment. Generally, I employ matrix product state (MPS) techniques to explore quantum dynamics in open and closed systems. In the first part I present a study of quantum chaos and how mapping to a MPS variational manifold allow the use of techniques developed in the study of classical many-body systems. Using code developed for this project the Lyapunov spectrum is extracted to give an alternative perspective on eigenstate thermalization, pre-thermalization and integrability. In the second part, I present a novel combination of MPS methods with a Langevin description of the open system. I use this to show how coupling to the environment restricts the growth of entanglement. The consequences of this are relevant for simulations of open quantum systems and their use in in quantum technologies. Finally I discuss applications of these ideas to quantum search. I consider adiabatic and quantum walk algorithms for optimal scaling quantum search algorithms, and hybridizations between the two. The robustness of the different underlying physical mechanisms is investigated in a simple infinite-temperature model, and in a low-temperature limit using the MPS Langevin equation.
Supervisor: Green, A. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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