Tensor network non-zero testing

TitleTensor network non-zero testing
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsGharibian, S, Landau, Z, Shin, SWoo, Wang, G
JournalQuantum Information & Computation
Date Published2015/07/01

Tensor networks are a central tool in condensed matter physics. In this paper, we initiate the study of tensor network non-zero testing (TNZ): Given a tensor network T, does T represent a non-zero vector? We show that TNZ is not in the Polynomial-Time Hierarchy unless the hierarchy collapses. We next show (among other results) that the special cases of TNZ on non-negative and injective tensor networks are in NP. Using this, we make a simple observation: The commuting variant of the MA-complete stoquastic k-SAT problem on D-dimensional qudits is in NP for logarithmic k and constant D. This reveals the first class of quantum Hamiltonians whose commuting variant is known to be in NP for all (1) logarithmic k, (2) constant D, and (3) for arbitrary interaction graphs.