# The Azimuth Project Quantum techniques for stochastic mechanics (course) quiz (changes)

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• Prove that if H:RnRn is any Dirichlet operator, and Rn is any vector, then

# HWK Assignment

H=−21i=jHij(i−j)2

• Puzzle. Let T be a nonnegative nn matrix. Show that T is irreducible if and only if for all ij0, (Tm)ij0 for some natural number m.

## Conductance networks and Dirichlet operators

You Prove may that be confused because today we explained the usual concept of irreducibility for nonnegative matrices, but also defined a concept of irreducibility for Dirichlet operators. Luckily there’s no conflict: Dirichlet operators aren’t nonnegative matrices, but if we add a big multiple of the identity to a Dirichlet operator it becomes a nonnegative matrix, and then:$H:R^n\rightarrow R^n$ is any Dirichlet operator, and $\psi\in R^n$ is any vector, then

• Puzzle 4. Show that a Dirichlet operator H is irreducible if and only if the nonnegative operator H+cI (where c is any sufficiently large constant) is irreducible.
$\langle\psi|H\psi\rangle =-\frac{1}{2}\sum_{i\neq j}H_{ij}(\psi_i - \psi_j)^2$

Irreducibility is also related to the nonexistence of interesting conserved quantities. In Part 11 we saw a version of Noether’s Theorem for stochastic mechanics. Remember that an observable O in stochastic mechanics assigns a number Oi to each configuration i=1n. We can make a diagonal matrix with Oi as its diagonal entries, and by abuse of language we call this O as well. Then we say O is a conserved quantity for the Hamiltonian H if the commutator [OH]=OH−HO vanishes.

## Equations of motion for stochastic processes

• Puzzle 5. Let H be a Dirichlet operator. Show that H is irreducible if and only if every conserved quantity O for H is a constant, meaning that for some cR we have Oi=c for all i. (Hint: examine the proof of Noether’s theorem.)

Prove that if $H$ is an infinitesimal stochastic operator and $O$ is an observable, then if $\psi(t)$ obeys the master equation, then

In fact this works more generally:

$\frac{d}{dt}\int O \psi(t) = \int [O, H] \psi(t)$
• Puzzle 6. Let H be an infinitesimal stochastic matrix. Show that H+cI is an irreducible nonnegative matrix for all sufficiently large c if and only if every conserved quantity O for H is a constant.

## Noether’s theorem for Markov chains

Suppose $U$ is a stochastic operator and $O$ is an observable. Show that $O$ commutes with $U$ iff the expected values of $O$ and its square don’t change when we evolve our state one time step using $U$. Hence or otherwise, show that

$[O, U]=0$

if and only if

$\int O U \psi(t) = \int O \psi(t)$

and

$\int O^2 U \psi(t) = \int O^2 \psi$

for all stochastic states $\psi(t)$.

## Irreducibility and Perron’s theorem

Let $T$ be a nonnegative $n\times n$ matrix. Show that $T$ is irreducible if and only if for all $i,j\geq 0$, $(T^m)_{ij}$ greater than $0$ for some natural number $m$.

## Irreducibility and Perron–Frobenius theory

We defined in class the usual concept of irreducibility for nonnegative matrices, but also defined a concept of irreducibility for Dirichlet operators. Luckily there’s no conflict: Dirichlet operators aren’t nonnegative matrices, but if we add a big multiple of the identity to a Dirichlet operator it becomes a nonnegative matrix, and then: Show that a Dirichlet operator $H$ is irreducible if and only if the nonnegative operator $H+cI$ (where $c$ is any sufficiently large constant) is irreducible.

## Conserved quantities and irreducibility in stochastic process

Irreducibility is also related to the nonexistence of interesting conserved quantities. In class we saw a version of Noether’s Theorem for stochastic mechanics. Remember that an observable $O$ in stochastic mechanics assigns a number $O_i$ to each configuration $i=1...n$. We can make a diagonal matrix with $O_i$ as its diagonal entries, and by abuse of language we call this $O$ as well. Then we say $O$ is a conserved quantity for the Hamiltonian $H$ if the commutator $[O,H]=OH-HO$ vanishes.

• Let $H$ be a Dirichlet operator. Show that $H$ is irreducible if and only if every conserved quantity $O$ for $H$ is a constant, meaning that for some $c\in R$ we have $O_i=c$ for all $i$. (Hint: examine your proof of Noether’s theorem.)

In fact this works more generally.

• Let $H$ be an infinitesimal stochastic matrix. Show that $H+cI$ is an irreducible nonnegative matrix for all sufficiently large $c$ if and only if every conserved quantity $O$ for $H$ is a constant.

## Modeling infections as spin particles on a lattice

Here we will consider the SI, and SIR model acting on a lattice of three spin-1 particles, each interacting with the other two. Consider the basis $|I\rangle:=|0\rangle$, $|S\rangle:=|1\rangle$ and $|R\rangle:=|2\rangle$ to denote a person as being either infected, susceptible or recovered. We will consider the following transitions

$SI, IS \rightarrow II$

with rate $\alpha$ and

$I \rightarrow R$

with rate $\beta$

• Write down the pseudo Hamiltonian modeling the process.

• What are the conserved quantities for $\beta = 0$ (SI) and positive $\alpha$?

• What are the conserved quantities for $\beta$, $\alpha$ positive (SIR)?

• Consider the initial state $|S\rangle|S\rangle|S\rangle$. With $\alpha =\beta =1$ what is the probability of finding two or more infected particles at time $t$? (repeat this for the SI case, with $\beta = 0$). Plot these expressions using Matlab etc.

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