Simulations of quantum double models

G. K. Brennen, M. Aguado, J. I. Cirac

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We demonstrate how to build a simulation of two-dimensional (2D) physical theories describing topologically ordered systems whose excitations are in one-to-one correspondence with irreducible representations of a Hopf algebra, D(G), the quantum double of a finite group G. Our simulation uses a digital sequence of operations in a spin lattice model originally due to Kitaev to prepare a ground 'vacuum' state and to create, braid and fuse anyonic excitations. The simulation works with or without the presence of a background Hamiltonian though only in the latter case is the system topologically protected. We describe a physical realization of a simulation of the simplest non-Abelian model, D (S3), using trapped neutral atoms in a 2D optical lattice and provide a sequence of steps to perform universal quantum computation with anyons. The use of ancillary spin degrees of freedom figures prominently in our construction and provides a novel technique to prepare and probe these systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number053009
Pages (from-to)1-33
Number of pages33
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2009

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