Categorical tensor network states

Jacob D. Biamonte, Stephen R. Clark, Dieter Jaksch

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Abstract

We examine the use of string diagrams and the mathematics of category theory in the description of quantum states by tensor networks. This approach lead to a unification of several ideas, as well as several results and methods that have not previously appeared in either side of the literature. Our approach enabled the development of a tensor network framework allowing a solution to the quantum decomposition problem which has several appealing features. Specifically, given an n-body quantum state ψ, we present a new and general method to factor |ψ into a tensor network of clearly defined building blocks. We use the solution to expose a previously unknown and large class of quantum states which we prove can be sampled efficiently and exactly. This general framework of categorical tensor network states, where a combination of generic and algebraically defined tensors appear, enhances the theory of tensor network states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number042172
JournalAIP Advances
Volume1
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Biamonte, J. D., Clark, S. R., & Jaksch, D. (2011). Categorical tensor network states. AIP Advances, 1(4), [042172]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3672009