Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Science (BS)
Recent work in mathematical physics and nonlinear optics has shown that Hamiltonians that are non-Hermitian but still symmetric under parity and time reversal can describe eigenstates of a system with real eigenvalues. Other research has also showed that the nonlinear Schrodinger equation can be generalized to describe PT-symmetric systems, which generates novel solutions not described by its Hermitian equivalent. The Hermitian form of the nonlinear Schroedinger equation can also be extended to describe a particular case of the general PT-symmetric NLS, suggesting a connection between the two. I attempted to generate a unitary operator that will be useful for unitary quantum algorithms describing a coupled set of nonlinear Schroedinger equations and the PT-symmetric version of the NLS.
Simpson, Connor, "A Qubit Algorithm for Simulating the Nonlinear Schroedinger Equation" (2019). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 1382.