Removing measurements from quantum walks

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Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, 2013, 87 (1)
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Quantum walks are very useful tools in designing quantum algorithms. Amplitude amplification is a key technique to increase the success probability of a quantum-walk-based algorithm, and it is quadratically faster than classical probabilistic amplification. However, amplitude amplification only applies to quantum walks with one-shot hitting time, where no measurements except a final one are performed, and not to quantum walks with concurrent hitting time, where measurements happen or absorbing boundaries exist at each step. In this paper, we propose a procedure to modify quantum walks with concurrent hitting time by removing measurements from them. This procedure enables us to use amplitude amplification to design algorithms based on the modified quantum walks which are faster than those based on the original walks with a concurrent hitting time and more robust than those based on the corresponding walks with a one-shot hitting time. © 2013 American Physical Society.
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