Finite-depth scaling of infinite quantum circuits for quantum critical points

Bernhard Jobst, Adam Smith, Frank Pollmann

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The scaling of the entanglement entropy at a quantum critical point allows us to extract universal properties of the state, e.g., the central charge of a conformal field theory. With the rapid improvement of noisy intermediate-scale quantum (NISQ) devices, these quantum computers present themselves as a powerful tool to study critical many-body systems. We use finite-depth quantum circuits suitable for NISQ devices as a variational ansatz to represent ground states of critical, infinite systems. We find universal finite-depth scaling relations for these circuits and verify them numerically at two different critical points, i.e., the critical Ising model with an additional symmetry-preserving term and the critical XXZ model.

Original languageEnglish
Article number033118
JournalPhysical Review Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2022


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