Quantum walks in an array of quantum dots

K. Manouchehri*, J. B. Wang

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Quantum random walks are shown to have non-intuitive dynamics, which makes them an attractive area of study for devising quantum algorithms for well-known classical problems as well as those arising in the field of quantum computing. In this work, we propose a novel scheme for the physical implementation of a discrete-time quantum random walk using laser excitations of the electronic states of an array of quantum dots. These dots represent the discrete nodes of the walk, while transitions between the energy levels inside each dot correspond to the required coin operation and stimulated Raman adiabatic passage (STIRAP) processes are employed to induce the steps of the walk. The quantum dot design is tailored in such a way as to enable selective coupling of the energy levels. Our simulation results show a close agreement with the ideal quantum walk distribution as well as modest robustness toward noise disturbance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number065304
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes


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