Efficient quantum algorithms for simulating sparse hamiltonians

Dominic W. Berry*, Graeme Ahokas, Richard Cleve, Barry C. Sanders

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We present an efficient quantum algorithm for simulating the evolution of a quantum state for a sparse Hamiltonian H over a given time t in terms of a procedure for computing the matrix entries of H. In particular, when H acts on n qubits, has at most a constant number of nonzero entries in each row/column, and ||H|| is bounded by a constant, we may select any positive integer k such that the simulation requires O((log* n)t 1+1/2k ) accesses to matrix entries of H. We also show that the temporal scaling cannot be significantly improved beyond this, because sublinear time scaling is not possible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-371
Number of pages13
JournalCommunications in Mathematical Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007

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