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Title
Broken symmetry in a two-qubit quantum control landscape
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Abstract
We analyze the physics of optimal protocols to prepare a target state with high fidelity in a symmetrically coupled two-qubit system. By varying the protocol duration, we find a discontinuous phase transition, which is characterized by a spontaneous breaking of a Z2 symmetry in the functional form of the optimal protocol, and occurs below the quantum speed limit. We study in detail this phase and demonstrate that even though high-fidelity protocols come degenerate with respect to their fidelity, they lead to final states of different entanglement entropy shared between the qubits. Consequently, while globally both optimal protocols are equally far away from the target state, one is locally closer than the other. An approximate variational mean-field theory which captures the physics of the different phases is developed.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Physical Review A
Publication
2018
Volume/pages
97 :5 (2018) , 12 p.
Article Reference
052114
ISI
000432999900002
Medium
E-only publicatie
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UAntwerpen
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 16.05.2018
Last edited 02.09.2021
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