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Spectral convergence bounds for classical and quantum Markov processes

Oleg Szehr, David Reeb, Michael M. Wolf

Comm. Math. Phys. 333, 565-595 , (2015)

DOI: 10.1007/s00220-014-2188-5 Pfeil
*arXiv.org*: 1301.4827 Pfeil

Abstract: We introduce a new framework that yields spectral bounds on norms of functions of transition maps for finite, homogeneous Markov chains. The techniques employed work for bounded semigroups, in particular for classical as well as for quantum Markov chains and they do not require additional assumptions like detailed balance, irreducibility or aperiodicity. We use the method in order to derive convergence bounds that improve significantly upon known spectral bounds. The core technical observation is that power-boundedness of transition maps of Markov chains enables a Wiener algebra functional calculus in order to upper bound any norm of any holomorphic function of the transition map. Finally, we discuss how general detailed balance conditions for quantum Markov processes lead to spectral convergence bounds.