The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 224, Issue 1, pp 25–34 | Cite as

Quantum tunneling vs. thermal effects in experiments on adiabatic quantum computing

  • D.M. Silevitch
  • T.F. Rosenbaum
  • G. Aeppli
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Quantum Annealing: The Fastest Route to Quantum Computation?


Traditional simulated annealing uses thermal fluctuations for convergence in optimization problems. Quantum tunneling provides a different mechanism for moving between states, with the potential for reduced time scales and different outcomes. Thermal and quantum annealing are compared in two concentration regimes of a model disordered magnet, where the effects of quantum mechanics can be tuned both by varying an applied magnetic field and by controlling the strength of thermal coupling between the magnet and an external heat bath. The results indicate that quantum annealing hastens convergence to the final state, and that the quantum character of the final state can be engineered thermodynamically.


European Physical Journal Special Topic Heat Bath Quantum Tunneling Thermal Coupling Fast Route 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The James Franck Institute and Department of Physics, The University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  3. 3.Departments of Physics, Swiss Federal Institutes of TechnologyZurich and LausanneSwitzerland
  4. 4.Paul Scherrer InstituteVilligenSwitzerland
  5. 5.London Centre for Nanotechnology and Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCLLondonUK

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