Estimation of many-body quantum hamiltonians via compressive sensing

A. Shabani, M. Mohseni, S. Lloyd, R. L. Kosut, H. Rabitz

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We develop an efficient and robust approach for quantum measurement of nearly sparse many-body quantum Hamiltonians based on the method of compressive sensing. This work demonstrates that with only O(sln(d)) experimental configurations, consisting of random local preparations and measurements, one can estimate the Hamiltonian of a d-dimensional system, provided that the Hamiltonian is nearly s sparse in a known basis. The classical postprocessing is a convex optimization problem on the total Hilbert space which is generally not scalable. We numerically simulate the performance of this algorithm for three- and four-body interactions in spin-coupled quantum dots and atoms in optical lattices. Furthermore, we apply the algorithm to characterize Hamiltonian fine structure and unknown system-bath interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012107
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 11 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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