Quantum Information Processing

, Volume 14, Issue 10, pp 3595–3611 | Cite as

Quantum walks on a circle with optomechanical systems

  • Jalil Khatibi Moqadam
  • Renato PortugalEmail author
  • Marcos Cesar de Oliveira


We propose an implementation of a quantum walk on a circle in an optomechanical system by encoding the walker on the phase space of a radiation field and the coin on a two-level state of a mechanical resonator. The dynamics of the system is obtained by applying Suzuki–Trotter decomposition. We numerically show that the system displays typical behaviors of quantum walks, namely the probability distribution evolves ballistically and the standard deviation of the phase distribution is linearly proportional to the number of steps. We also analyze the effects of decoherence by using the phase-damping channel on the coin space, showing the possibility to implement the quantum walk with present-day technology.


Optomechanical and electromechanical resonators Quantum walk Simulation 



JKM acknowledges financial supports from CNPq, Grants PCI-DB 302866/2014-0 and PDJ 165941/2014-6. RP acknowledges financial support from CNPq and FAPERJ. MCO acknowledges support by FAPESP and CNPq through the National Institute for Science and Technology of Quantum Information (INCT-IQ) and the Research Center in Optics and Photonics (CePOF).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jalil Khatibi Moqadam
    • 1
    • 2
  • Renato Portugal
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marcos Cesar de Oliveira
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratório Nacional de Computação Científica (LNCC)PetrópolisBrazil
  2. 2.Instituto de Física “Gleb Wataghin”, Universidade Estadual de CampinasCampinasBrazil
  3. 3.Instituto de Física “Gleb Wataghin”, Universidade Estadual de CampinasCampinasBrazil

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