The propagation of information in non-relativistic quantum systems obeys a speed limit known as a Lieb-Robinson bound. We derive a new Lieb-Robinson bound for systems with interactions that decay with distance r as a power law, 1/rα. The bound implies an effective light cone tighter than all previous bounds. Our approach is based on a technique for approximating the time evolution of a system, which was first introduced as part of a quantum simulation algorithm by Haah et al. [arXiv:1801.03922]. To bound the error of the approximation, we use a known Lieb-Robinson bound that is weaker than the bound we establish. This result brings the analysis full circle, suggesting a deep connection between Lieb-Robinson bounds and digital quantum simulation. In addition to the new Lieb-Robinson bound, our analysis also gives an error bound for the Haah et al. quantum simulation algorithm when used to simulate power-law decaying interactions. In particular, we show that the gate count of the algorithm scales with the system size better than existing algorithms when α>3D (where D is the number of dimensions).

1 aTran, Minh, Cong1 aGuo, Andrew, Y.1 aSu, Yuan1 aGarrison, James, R.1 aEldredge, Zachary1 aFoss-Feig, Michael1 aChilds, Andrew, M.1 aGorshkov, Alexey, V. uhttps://arxiv.org/abs/1808.0522501754nas a2200157 4500008004100000245006700041210006600108260001500174520126400189100002001453700001901473700002301492700002501515700001901540856003701559 2019 eng d00aSignaling and Scrambling with Strongly Long-Range Interactions0 aSignaling and Scrambling with Strongly LongRange Interactions c06/06/20193 aStrongly long-range interacting quantum systems---those with interactions decaying as a power-law 1/rα in the distance r on a D-dimensional lattice for α≤D---have received significant interest in recent years. They are present in leading experimental platforms for quantum computation and simulation, as well as in theoretical models of quantum information scrambling and fast entanglement creation. Since no notion of locality is expected in such systems, a general understanding of their dynamics is lacking. As a first step towards rectifying this problem, we prove two new Lieb-Robinson-type bounds that constrain the time for signaling and scrambling in strongly long-range interacting systems, for which no tight bounds were previously known. Our first bound applies to systems mappable to free-particle Hamiltonians with long-range hopping, and is saturable for α≤D/2. Our second bound pertains to generic long-range interacting spin Hamiltonians, and leads to a tight lower bound for the signaling time to extensive subsets of the system for all α<D. This result also lower-bounds the scrambling time, and suggests a path towards achieving a tight scrambling bound that can prove the long-standing fast scrambling conjecture.

1 aGuo, Andrew, Y.1 aTran, Minh, C.1 aChilds, Andrew, M.1 aGorshkov, Alexey, V.1 aGong, Zhe-Xuan uhttps://arxiv.org/abs/1906.02662