Quantum search with hybrid adiabatic-quantum-walk algorithms and realistic noise

James G. Morley, Nicholas Chancellor, Sougato Bose, Viv Kendon

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Computing using a continuous-time evolution, based on the natural interaction Hamiltonian of the quantum computer hardware, is a promising route to building useful quantum computers in the near term. Adiabatic quantum computing, quantum annealing, computation by a continuous-time quantum walk, and special purpose quantum simulators all use this strategy. In this work, we carry out a detailed examination of adiabatic and quantum-walk implementation of the quantum search algorithm, using the more physically realistic hypercube connectivity, rather than the complete graph, for our base Hamiltonian. We calculate optimal adiabatic schedules both analytically and numerically for the hypercube and then interpolate between adiabatic and quantum-walk searching, obtaining a family of hybrid algorithms. We show that all of these hybrid algorithms provide the quadratic quantum speedup when run with optimal parameter settings, which we determine and discuss in detail. We incorporate the effects of multiple runs of the same algorithm, noise applied to the qubits, and two types of problem misspecification, determining the optimal hybrid algorithm for each case. Our results reveal a rich structure of how these different computational mechanisms operate and should be balanced in different scenarios. For large systems with low noise and good control, a quantum walk is the best choice, while hybrid strategies can mitigate the effects of many shortcomings in hardware and problem misspecification.
Original languageEnglish
Article number022339
Number of pages22
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2019


  • continuous time systems
  • Hamiltonians
  • quantum optics
  • qubits
  • continuous-time quantum walks
  • hybrid algorithms
  • hybrid strategies
  • natural interactions
  • optimal parameter settings
  • quantum Computing
  • quantum search algorithm
  • quantum simulators
  • computer hardware


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