The Limits of Quantum State Transfer for Field-Free Heisenberg Chains

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In a one-dimensional Heisenberg chain, we show that there are no sets of coupling strengths such that the evolution perfectly transfers a quantum state between the two ends of the chain without the addition of magnetic fields. In lieu of perfect transfer, we consider a range of options for achieving high quality transfer, whether in finite time, or via "pretty good" transfer where one waits long times in the hope of getting arbitrarily close to perfect transfer. In attempting to engineer arbitrarily accurate transfer, we explore a new paradigm that facilitates time estimates for achieving any target accuracy $\epsilon$ for the transfer.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusSubmitted - 14 Jun 2019


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