Quantum computing algorithm for electromagnetic field simulation

Siddhartha Sinha, Peter Russer

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Quantum computing offers new concepts for the simulation of complex physical systems. A quantum computing algorithm for electromagnetic field simulation is presented here. The electromagnetic field simulation is performed on the basis of the Transmission Line Matrix (TLM) method. The Hilbert space formulation of TLM allows us to obtain a time evolution operator for the TLM method, which can then be interpreted as the time evolution operator of a quantum system, thus yielding a quantum computing algorithm. Further, the quantum simulation is done within the framework of the quantum circuit model of computation. Our aim has been to address the design problem in electromagnetics-given an initial condition and a final field distribution, find the structures which satisfy these. Quantum computing offers us the possibility to solve this problem from first principles. Using quantum parallelism we simulate a large number of electromagnetic structures in parallel in time and then try to filter out the ones which have the required field distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-404
Number of pages20
JournalQuantum Information Processing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2010


  • Design problem
  • Electromagnetics
  • Quantum simulation
  • Transmission line matrix


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