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Quantum Field Theory of ManyBody Systems
, 2004
"... condensation Extended objects, such as strings and membranes, have been studied for many years in the context of statistical physics. In these systems, quantum effects are typically negligible, and the extended objects can be treated classically. Yet it is natural to wonder how strings and membrane ..."
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condensation Extended objects, such as strings and membranes, have been studied for many years in the context of statistical physics. In these systems, quantum effects are typically negligible, and the extended objects can be treated classically. Yet it is natural to wonder how strings and membranes behave in the quantum regime. In this chapter, we will investigate the properties of one dimensional, stringlike, objects with large quantum fluctuations. Our motivation is both intellectual curiosity and (as we will see) the connection between quantum strings and topological/quantum orders in condensed matter systems. It is useful to organize our discussion using the analogy to the well understood theory of quantum particles. One of the most remarkable phenomena in quantum manyparticle systems is particle condensation. We can think of particle condensed states as special ground states where all the particles are described by the same quantum wave function. In some sense, all the symmetry breaking phases examples of particle condensation: we can view the order parameter that characterizes a symmetry breaking phase as the condensed wave function of certain “effective particles. ” According to this point of view, Landau’s theory [Landau (1937)] for symmetry breaking phases is really a theory of “particle ” condensation. The theory of particle condensation is based on the physical concepts of long range order, symmetry
Anyons in an exactly solved model and beyond
, 2005
"... A spin 1/2 system on a honeycomb lattice is studied. The interactions between nearest neighbors are of XX, YY or ZZ type, depending on the direction of the link; different types of interactions may differ in strength. The model is solved exactly by a reduction to free fermions in a static Z2 gauge f ..."
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A spin 1/2 system on a honeycomb lattice is studied. The interactions between nearest neighbors are of XX, YY or ZZ type, depending on the direction of the link; different types of interactions may differ in strength. The model is solved exactly by a reduction to free fermions in a static Z2 gauge field. A phase diagram in the parameter space is obtained. One of the phases has an energy gap and carries excitations that are Abelian anyons. The other phase is gapless, but acquires a gap in the presence of magnetic field. In the latter case excitations are nonAbelian anyons whose braiding rules coincide with those of conformal blocks for the Ising model. We also consider a general theory of free fermions with a gapped spectrum, which is characterized by a spectral Chern number ν. The Abelian and nonAbelian phases of the original model correspond to ν = 0 and ν = ±1, respectively. The anyonic properties of excitation depend on ν mod 16, whereas ν itself governs edge thermal transport. The paper also provides mathematical background on anyons as well as an elementary theory of Chern number for quasidiagonal matrices.
A Polynomial Quantum Algorithm for Approximating the Jones Polynomial
, 2008
"... The Jones polynomial, discovered in 1984 [18], is an important knot invariant in topology. Among its many connections to various mathematical and physical areas, it is known (due to Witten [32]) to be intimately connected to Topological Quantum Field Theory (TQFT). The works of Freedman, Kitaev, Lar ..."
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The Jones polynomial, discovered in 1984 [18], is an important knot invariant in topology. Among its many connections to various mathematical and physical areas, it is known (due to Witten [32]) to be intimately connected to Topological Quantum Field Theory (TQFT). The works of Freedman, Kitaev, Larsen and Wang [13, 14] provide an efficient simulation of TQFT by a quantum computer, and vice versa. These results implicitly imply the existence of an efficient quantum algorithm that provides a certain additive approximation of the Jones polynomial at the fifth root of unity, e 2πi/5, and moreover, that this problem is BQPcomplete. Unfortunately, this important algorithm was never explicitly formulated. Moreover, the results in [13, 14] are heavily based on TQFT, which makes the algorithm essentially inaccessible to computer scientists. We provide an explicit and simple polynomial quantum algorithm to approximate the Jones polynomial of an n strands braid with m crossings at any primitive root of unity e 2πi/k, where the running time of the algorithm is polynomial in m, n and k. Our algorithm is based, rather than on TQFT, on well known mathematical results (specifically, the path model representation of the braid group and the uniqueness of the Markov trace for the Temperly Lieb algebra). By the results of [14], our algorithm solves a BQP complete problem. The algorithm we provide exhibits a structure which we hope is generalizable to other quantum algorithmic problems. Candidates of particular interest are the approximations of other downwards selfreducible #Phard problems, most notably, the important open problem of efficient approximation of the partition function of the Potts model, a model which is known to be tightly connected to the Jones polynomial [33].
The physical implementation of quantum computation
 Fortschr. Phys
, 2000
"... After a brief introduction to the principles and promise of quantum information processing, the requirements for the physical implementation of quantum computation are discussed. These five requirements, plus two relating to the communication of quantum information, are extensively explored and rela ..."
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After a brief introduction to the principles and promise of quantum information processing, the requirements for the physical implementation of quantum computation are discussed. These five requirements, plus two relating to the communication of quantum information, are extensively explored and related to the many schemes in atomic physics, quantum optics, nuclear and electron magnetic resonance spectroscopy, superconducting electronics, and quantumdot physics, for achieving quantum computing. 1.
The twoeigenvalue problem and density of Jones representation of braid groups
 Commun. Math. Phys
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NPcomplete problems and physical reality
 ACM SIGACT News Complexity Theory Column, March. ECCC
, 2005
"... Can NPcomplete problems be solved efficiently in the physical universe? I survey proposals including soap bubbles, protein folding, quantum computing, quantum advice, quantum adiabatic algorithms, quantummechanical nonlinearities, hidden variables, relativistic time dilation, analog computing, Mal ..."
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Can NPcomplete problems be solved efficiently in the physical universe? I survey proposals including soap bubbles, protein folding, quantum computing, quantum advice, quantum adiabatic algorithms, quantummechanical nonlinearities, hidden variables, relativistic time dilation, analog computing, MalamentHogarth spacetimes, quantum gravity, closed timelike curves, and “anthropic computing. ” The section on soap bubbles even includes some “experimental ” results. While I do not believe that any of the proposals will let us solve NPcomplete problems efficiently, I argue that by studying them, we can learn something not only about computation but also about physics. 1
Computational capacity of the universe
 Physical Review Letters
"... Merely by existing, all physical systems register information. And by evolving dynamically in time, they transform and process that information. The laws of physics determine the amount of information that a physical system can register (number of bits) and the number of elementary logic operations ..."
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Merely by existing, all physical systems register information. And by evolving dynamically in time, they transform and process that information. The laws of physics determine the amount of information that a physical system can register (number of bits) and the number of elementary logic operations that a system can perform (number of ops). The universe is a physical system. This paper quantifies the amount of information that the universe can register and the number of elementary operations that it can have performed over its history. The universe can have performed no more than 10 120 ops on 10 90 bits. ‘Information is physical ’ 1. This statement of Landauer has two complementary interpretations. First, information is registered and processed by physical systems. Second, all physical systems register and process information. The description of physical systems in terms of information and information processing is complementary to the conventional description of physical system in terms of the laws of physics. A recent paper by the author2 put bounds on the amount of information processing that can be performed by physical systems. The first limit is on speed. The Margolus/Levitin theorem3 implies that the total
Nonabelian anyons and topological quantum computation
 Reviews of Modern Physics
"... Contents Topological quantum computation has recently emerged as one of the most exciting approaches to constructing a faulttolerant quantum computer. The proposal relies on the existence of topological states of matter whose quasiparticle excitations are neither bosons nor fermions, but are partic ..."
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Contents Topological quantum computation has recently emerged as one of the most exciting approaches to constructing a faulttolerant quantum computer. The proposal relies on the existence of topological states of matter whose quasiparticle excitations are neither bosons nor fermions, but are particles known as NonAbelian anyons, meaning that they obey nonAbelian braiding statistics. Quantum information is stored in states with multiple quasiparticles,
On exotic modular tensor categories
 Commun. Contemp. Math
"... Abstract. We classify all unitary modular tensor categories (UMTCs) of rank ≤ 4. There are a total of 35 UMTCs of rank ≤ 4 up to ribbon tensor equivalence. Since the distinction between the modular Smatrix S and −S has both topological and physical significance, so in our convention there are a tot ..."
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Abstract. We classify all unitary modular tensor categories (UMTCs) of rank ≤ 4. There are a total of 35 UMTCs of rank ≤ 4 up to ribbon tensor equivalence. Since the distinction between the modular Smatrix S and −S has both topological and physical significance, so in our convention there are a total of 70 UMTCs of rank ≤ 4. In particular, there are two trivial UMTCs with S = (±1). Each such UMTC can be obtained from 10 nontrivial prime UMTCs by direct product, and some symmetry operations. Explicit data of the 10 nontrivial prime UMTCs are given in Section 5. Relevance of UMTCs to topological quantum computation and various conjectures are given in Section 6. 1.
The Jones polynomial: quantum algorithms and applications in quantum complexity theory
"... We analyze relationships between the Jones polynomial and quantum computation. First, we present two polynomialtime quantum algorithms which give additive approximations of the Jones polynomial, in the sense of Bordewich, Freedman, Lovász and Welsh, of any link obtained from a certain general famil ..."
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We analyze relationships between the Jones polynomial and quantum computation. First, we present two polynomialtime quantum algorithms which give additive approximations of the Jones polynomial, in the sense of Bordewich, Freedman, Lovász and Welsh, of any link obtained from a certain general family of closures of braids, evaluated at any primitive root of unity. This family encompasses the wellknown plat and trace closures, generalizing results recently obtained by Aharonov, Jones and Landau. We base our algorithms on a local qubit implementation of the unitary JonesWenzl representations of the braid group which makes the underlying representation theory apparent, allowing us to provide an algorithm for approximating the HOMFLYPT twovariable polynomial of the trace closure of a braid at certain pairs of values as well. Next, we provide a selfcontained proof that any quantum computation can be replaced by an additive approximation of the Jones polynomial, evaluated at almost any primitive root of unity. This theorem was originally proved by Freedman, Larsen and Wang in the context of topological quantum computation, and the necessary notion of approximation was later provided by Bordewich et al. Our proof is simpler as it uses a more natural encoding of twoqubit unitaries into the rectangular representation of the eightstrand braid group. We then give QCMAcomplete and PSPACEcomplete problems which are based on braids. Finally, we conclude with direct proofs that evaluating the Jones polynomial of the plat closure at most primitive roots of unity is a #Phard problem, while learning its most significant bit is PPhard, without taking the usual route through the Tutte polynomial and graph coloring. 1