Date of Award

12-1-2011

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Physics

First Advisor

Byrd, Mark

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of noise in quantum simulation. An existing and simple model was used to simulate the results of the evolution of an initial quantum state. The results show that if all states align in z-axis, the dynamical map is completely positive, and the spin bath affected how fast the system evolved. If precessing states are considered, the dynamical map is non completely positive. Visualization of the Bloch vector was used to illustrate the process of the evolution of the quantum system.

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