# Robustness to spontaneous emission of a variational quantum algorithm

@article{Henriet2019RobustnessTS, title={Robustness to spontaneous emission of a variational quantum algorithm}, author={Loic Henriet}, journal={Physical Review A}, year={2019} }

We study theoretically the effects of dissipation on the performances of a variational quantum algorithm used to approximately solve a combinatorial optimization problem, the Maximum Independent Set, on a platform of neutral atoms. We take a realistic model of dissipation with spontaneous emission, and show numerically that the detrimental effects of these incoherent processes are spontaneously attenuated by the variational nature of the procedure. We furthermore implement an alternative…

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