Fast and robust quantum state transfer in a topological Su-Schrieffer-Heeger chain with next-to-nearest-neighbor interactions

D'Angelis, Felippo M.; Pinheiro, Felipe A. ; Guéry-Odelin, David; Longhi, Stefano; Impens, François
Physical Review Research 2, 033475 (1-11) (2020)

We suggest a method for fast and robust quantum-state transfer in a Su-Schrieffer-Heeger (SSH) chain, which exploits the use of next-to-nearest-neighbor (NNN) interactions. The proposed quantum protocol combines a rapid change in the topological edge state, induced by a modulation of nearest-neighbor interactions, with a fine-tuning of NNN interactions operating a counterdiabatic driving which cancels nonadiabatic excitations. We use this shortcut technique on the edge states in order to obtain a quantum state transfer on a single dimerized chain and also through an interface that connects two dimerized Su-Schrieffer-Heeger chains with different topological order. We investigate the robustness of this protocol against both uncorrelated and correlated disorder and demonstrate its strong resilience to the former. We show that introducing spatial correlations in the disorder increases the robustness of the protocol, widening the range of its applicability. In comparison to traditional adiabatic methods, the short transfer time enabled by the NNN protocol in the SSH chains drastically improves the fidelity of the quantum state transfer

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