I want to use a pennylane quantum function that i created earlier somewhere else, again in a new function but have it applied to certain wires. The reason for this is, that I have a quantum circuit of which a sub-part i want to test out with different circuits. So instead of writing the whole circuit from start everytime for each sub-circuit variant, i would prefere to define all my sub-circuit functions somewhere before and then insert them in my main Circuit when i want to try out a specific sub-circuit. In essence i am looking for a function similar to the qiskit functions circuit_to_gate (https://qiskit.org/documentation/stubs/qiskit.converters.circuit_to_gate.html)

Thanks a lot


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One way you can do this is to use qml.map_wires (NOTE: you need pennylane>=0.27 for this). Here is an example:

Let's say this is the quantum function that you want to use in QNodes later on:

def quantum_function():

Let's create a circuit with 8 wires and see what this looks like:

dev = qml.device("default.qubit", wires=8)
def circuit():
    return [qml.expval(qml.PauliZ(w)) for w in dev.wires]
>>> print(qml.draw(circuit)())
0: ──X─┤  <Z>
1: ──Y─┤  <Z>
2: ──Z─┤  <Z>
3: ────┤  <Z>
4: ────┤  <Z>
5: ────┤  <Z>
6: ────┤  <Z>
7: ────┤  <Z>

Now, let's create a mapped version of quantum_function with the qml.map_wires() transformation:

wire_map = {0: 4, 1: 2, 2: 7} # this defines how we want to map the wires
mapped_quantum_function = qml.map_wires(quantum_function, wire_map)


def circuit_with_mapping():
    return [qml.expval(qml.PauliZ(w)) for w in dev.wires]
>>> print(qml.draw(circuit_with_mapping)())
0: ────┤  <Z>
1: ────┤  <Z>
2: ──Y─┤  <Z>
3: ────┤  <Z>
4: ──X─┤  <Z>
5: ────┤  <Z>
6: ────┤  <Z>
7: ──Z─┤  <Z>

Hope this helps!

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you Isaac, that is exactly what i was looking for. $\endgroup$ Dec 7, 2022 at 11:29
  • $\begingroup$ Awesome! Glad this worked for you 🎉 $\endgroup$
    – isaac
    Dec 8, 2022 at 15:08
  • $\begingroup$ I believe another option can be to give the subroutine you write a keyword argument wires with which you control on which qubits the gates in the quantum function are applied :) $\endgroup$ Feb 11 at 11:45

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