Low-depth quantum state preparation

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Original languageEnglish
Article number043200
Journal / PublicationPhysical Review Research
Volume3
Issue number4
Online published21 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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A crucial subroutine in quantum computing is to load the classical data of N complex numbers into the amplitude of a superposed n = [log2 N]-qubit state. It has been proven that any algorithm universally implementing this subroutine would need at least O(N) constant weight operations. However, the proof assumes that only n qubits are used, whereas the circuit depth could be reduced by extending the space and allowing ancillary qubits. Here we investigate this space-time tradeoff in quantum state preparation with classical data. We propose quantum algorithms with O(n2) circuit depth to encode any N complex numbers using only single-and two-qubit gates, and local measurements with ancillary qubits. Different variances of the algorithm are proposed with different space and runtime. In particular, we present a scheme with O(N2) ancillary qubits, O(n2) circuit depth, and O(n2) average runtime, which exponentially improves the conventional bound. While the algorithm requires more ancillary qubits, it consists of quantum circuit blocks that only simultaneously act on a constant number of qubits, and at most O(n) qubits are entangled. We also prove a fundamental lower bound Ω(n) for the minimum circuit depth and runtime with an arbitrary number of ancillary qubits, aligning with our scheme with O(n2). The algorithms are expected to have wide applications in both near-term and universal quantum computing.

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  • ALGORITHMS, SUPREMACY

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Low-depth quantum state preparation. / Zhang, Xiao-Ming; Yung, Man-Hong; Yuan, Xiao.

In: Physical Review Research, Vol. 3, No. 4, 043200, 2021.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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