## Abstract

We present general methods for simulating black-box Hamiltonians using quantum walks. These techniques have two main applications: simulating sparse Hamiltonians and implementing black-box unitary operations. In particular, we give the best known simulation of sparse Hamiltonians with constant precision. Our method has complexity linear in both the sparseness D (the maximum number of nonzero elements in a column) and the evolution time t, whereas previous methods had complexity scaling as D
^{4} and were superlinear in t. We also consider the task of implementing an arbitrary unitary operation given a black-box description of its matrix elements. Whereas standard methods for performing an explicitly specified N X N unitary operation use Õ(N
^{2}) elementary gates, we show that a black-box unitary can be performed with bounded error using O(N
^{2/3}(log logN)
^{4/3}) queries to its matrix elements. In fact, except for pathological cases, it appears that most unitaries can be performed with only Õ (√N) queries, which is optimal.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 29-62 |

Number of pages | 34 |

Journal | Quantum Information and Computation |

Volume | 12 |

Issue number | 1-2 |

Publication status | Published - 1 Jan 2012 |