Embedding of particle tracking data using hybrid quantum classical neural networks

May 20, 2021, 11:16 AM
Short Talk Offline Computing Quantum Computing


Carla Sophie Rieger


The High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) at CERN will involve a significant increase in complexity and sheer size of data with respect to the current LHC experimental complex. Hence, the task of reconstructing the particle trajectories will become more complex due to the number of simultaneous collisions and the resulting increased detector occupancy. Aiming to identify the particle paths, machine learning techniques such as graph neural networks are being explored in the HEP TrkX project and its successor, the Exa TrkX project. Both show promising results and reduce the combinatorial nature of the problem. Previous results of our team have demonstrated the successful attempt of applying quantum graph neural networks to reconstruct the particle track based on the hits of the detector. A higher overall occuracy is gained by representing the training data in a meaningful way within an embedded space. That has been included in the Exa TrkX project by applying a classical MLP. Consequently, pairs of hits belonging to different trajectories are pushed apart while those belonging to the same ones stay close together. We explore the applicability of quantum circuits within the task of embedding and show preliminary results.

Primary authors

Carla Sophie Rieger Cenk Tuysuz (Middle East Technical University (TR)) Dr Kristiane Novotny (gluoNNet) Dr Sofia Vallecorsa (CERN) Bilge Demirkoz (Middle East Technical University (TR)) Karolos Potamianos (University of Oxford (GB)) Daniel Dobos (Lancaster University (GB)) Jean-Roch Vlimant (California Institute of Technology (US))

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