Crossovers induced by discrete-time quantum walks

Kota Chisaki, Norio Konno, Etsuo Segawa, Yutaka Sikano

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We consider crossovers with respect to the weak convergence theorems from a discrete-time quantum walk (DTQW). We show that a continuous-time quantum walk (CTQW) and discrete- and continuous-time random walks can be expressed as DTQWs in some limits. At first we generalize our previous study [Phys. Rev. A 81, 062129 (2010)] on the DTQW with position measurements. We show that the position measurements per each step with probability p -1/nβ can be evaluated, where n is the final time and 0 < β< 1. We also give a corresponding continuous-time case. As a consequence, crossovers from the diffusive spreading (random walk) to the ballistic spreading (quantum walk) can be seen as the parameter β shifts from 0 to 1 in both discrete- and continuous-time cases of the weak convergence theorems. Secondly, we introduce a new class of the DTQW, in which the absolute value of the diagonal parts of the quantum coin is proportional to a power of the inverse of the final time n. This is called a final-time-dependent DTQW (FTD-DTQW). The CTQW is obtained in a limit of the FTD-DTQW. We also obtain the weak convergence theorem for the FTD-DTQW which shows a variety of spreading properties. Finally, we consider the FTD-DTQW with periodic position measurements. This weak convergence theorem gives a phase diagram which maps sufficiently long-time behaviors of the discrete- and continuous-time quantum and random walks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-760
Number of pages20
JournalQuantum Information and Computation
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sept 1


  • Crossover and weak convergence
  • Quantum walk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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