Department of Physics

Quantum dynamics and computation research group

Coming Events

The 8th Workshop on Quantum Simulation and Quantum Walk
14-16 December 2018


Core Membership

Current research students

Instead of brute-force miniaturisation of basic electronic components, quantum computation utilises entirely new design architecture and promises to solve problems that are intractable on conventional computers.  It offers the prospect of harnessing nature at a much deeper level than ever before, as well as a wealth of new possibilities for communication and data processing. 

Core activities

The quantum dynamics and computation group conducts research in the areas of quantum dynamics, quantum information processing, and quantum computation. In addition to using advanced mathematical methods and numerical techniques to model the dynamics of quantum systems and to investigate quantum algorithms, the group also has extensive HPC and computer algebra expertise to solve a wide range of science and engineering problems. 


Achievements in 2017  

PhD awarded:  (1) Dr Thomas Loke “Quantum circuit design for quantum walks”; (2) Dr Joshua Izaac “Continuous-time quantum walks: simulation and application”; (3) Dr Yuhui Tong “Acoustic coupling between finite and infinite spaces” (principal supervisor: Prof. Jie Pan)

Masters theses completed: (1) Michael Swaddle “SubRiemannian geodesics and cubics for efficient quantum circuits”; (2) Callum Schofield “Graph Similarity Measure via Quantum Walks”

Honours theses completed (both 1st class): (1) Samuel Marsh "A quantum approximation algorithm for bounded NP optimisation problems"; (2) Douglas Jacob "Machine Learning of Quantum Many-Body Wavefunctions using Matrix Product States"

Congratulations to Michael Swaddle, whose thesis received the award of honourable mention on the Dean’s List; a rare award made to only a fraction of theses by the University.

Congratulations to Samuel and Douglas for being awarded prestigious UWA PhD research scholarships! 


Research papers in 2017 (most available online here

1. J. A. Izaac, J. B. Wang, P. C. Abbott, X. S. Ma, "Quantum centrality testing on directed graphs via P T-symmetric quantum walks”, Physical Review A 96, 032305 (2017)

2. T. Loke, J. B. Wang, "Efficient quantum circuits for Szegedy quantum walks”, Annals of Physics 382, 64 (2017)

3. J. A. Izaac, J. B. Wang, "Systematic dimensionality reduction for continuous-time quantum walks of interacting fermions”, Physical Review E 96, 032136 (2017)

4. P. E. Falloon, J. Rodriguez, J. B. Wang, "QSWalk: a Mathematica package for quantum stochastic walks on arbitrary graphs”, Computer Physics Communications 217, 162 (2017)

5. S. S. Zhou, J. B. Wang, "Efficient quantum circuits for dense circulant and circulant like operators”, Royal Society Open Science 4, 160906 (2017)

6. T. Loke, J. B. Wang, "Efficient quantum circuits for continuous-time quantum walks on composite graphs”, Journal of Physics A 50, 5 (2017) 

7. M. Swaddle, L. Noakes, H. Smallbone, L. Salter, J. B. Wang, “Generating three-qubit quantum circuits with neural networks”, Physics Letters A 381, 3391-3395 (2017)

8. S. S. Zhou, T. Loke, J. Izaac and J. B. Wang, “Quantum Fourier Transform in Computational Basis” Quantum Information Processing 16, 82 (2017)

9. J. A. Izaac, X. Zhan, Z. Bian, K. Wang, J. Li, J. B. Wang, and P. Xue, “Centrality measure based on continuous-time quantum walks and experimental realization” Physical Review A 96, 002300 (2017) 

10. T. Loke, J. Tang, J. Rodriguez, M. Small and J. B. Wang, “Comparing classical and quantum PageRanks”, Quantum Information Processing 16, 25 (2017) 






Group meetings and seminars 

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