Infinite-dimensional complex dynamics: A quantum random walk
Brendan Weickert - Dept of Mathematics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, United States (email)
Abstract: We describe a unitary operator $U(\alpha)$ on L2$(\mathbb T)$, depending on a real parameter $\alpha$, that is a quantization of a simple piecewise holomorphic dynamical system on the cylinder $\mathbf C^* \cong \mathbb T \times \mathbb R$. We give results describing the spectrum of $U(\alpha)$ in terms of the diophantine properties of $\alpha$, and use these results to compare the quantum to classical dynamics. In particular, we prove that for almost all $\alpha$, the quantum dynamics localizes, whereas the classical dynamics does not. We also give a condition implying that the quantum dynamics does not localize.
Keywords: Quantum dynamics
Received: June 2000; Revised: January 2001; Published: April 2001.
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