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Gogioso, Stefano

A Diagrammatic Approach to Quantum Dynamics

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We present a diagrammatic approach to quantum dynamics based on the categorical algebraic structure of strongly complementary observables. We provide physical semantics to our approach in terms of quantum clocks and quantisation of time. We show that quantum dynamical systems arise naturally as the algebras of a certain dagger Frobenius monad, with the morphisms and tensor product of the category of algebras playing the role, respectively, of equivariant transformations and synchronised parallel composition of dynamical systems. We show that the Weyl Canonical Commutation Relations between time and energy are an incarnation of the bialgebra law and we derive Schrödinger's equation from a process-theoretic perspective. Finally, we use diagrammatic symmetry-observable duality to prove Stone's proposition and von Neumann's Mean Ergodic proposition, recasting the results as two faces of the very same coin.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Stefano Gogioso},
  title =	{{A Diagrammatic Approach to Quantum Dynamics}},
  booktitle =	{8th Conference on Algebra and Coalgebra in Computer Science (CALCO 2019)},
  pages =	{19:1--19:23},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-120-7},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2019},
  volume =	{139},
  editor =	{Markus Roggenbach and Ana Sokolova},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-114472},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.CALCO.2019.19},
  annote =	{Keywords: Quantum dynamics, String diagrams, Categorical algebra}

Keywords: Quantum dynamics, String diagrams, Categorical algebra
Collection: 8th Conference on Algebra and Coalgebra in Computer Science (CALCO 2019)
Issue Date: 2019
Date of publication: 25.11.2019

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