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Fidelity of a sequence of SWAP operations on a spin chain

TitleFidelity of a sequence of SWAP operations on a spin chain
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsR. E. Throckmorton, and D. S. Sarma
JournalPhys. Rev. B
Date PublishedJUL 27
Type of ArticleArticle

We consider the ``transport{''} of the state of a spin across a Heisenberg-coupled spin chain via the use of repeated SWAP gates, starting with one of two states-one in which the leftmost spin is down and the others up, and one in which the leftmost two spins are in a singlet state (i.e., they are entangled), and the others are again all up. More specifically, we transport the state of the leftmost spin in the first case and the next-to-leftmost spin in the second to the other end of the chain, and then back again. We accomplish our SWAP operations here by increasing the exchange coupling between the two spins that we operate on from a base value J to a larger value J(SWAP) for a time t = pi(h) over bar /4J(SWAP). We determine the fidelity of this sequence of operations in a number of situations-one in which only nearest-neighbor coupling exists between spins and there is no magnetic dipole-dipole coupling or noise (the most ideal case), one in which we introduce next-nearest-neighbor coupling, but none of the other effects, and one in which all of these effects are present. In the last case, the noise is assumed to be quasistatic, i.e., the exchange couplings are each drawn from a Gaussian distribution, truncated to only nonnegative values. We plot the fidelity as a function of JSWAP to illustrate various effects, namely crosstalk due to coupling to other spins, as well as noise, that are detrimental to our ability to perform a SWAP operation. Our theory should be useful to the ongoing experimental efforts in building semiconductor-based spin quantum computer architectures.