# Questions tagged [gate-synthesis]

For questions about finding (short) gate sequences to implement a specific unitary operation, for example decomposing a complicated multi-qubit gate into a sequence of basic gates. It might apply to optimizing circuits with respect to length or depth or finding gate sequences to implement an algorithm.

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### Do we need to use an ancillary qubit when decomposing arbitrary $U(2^n)$ gates using Clifford+T universal gate sets?

As I know, we can decompose $U$ without ancilla if it's from special unitary group $SU(2^n)$. Do we need to use ancilla qubit on decomposing arbitrary $n$-qubit $U$ using Clifford+T universal gates ...
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### What is Qiskit's Transpiler method for unitary synthesis?

As I could found in here how the transpile works in qiskit, I understood that transpile gets arbitrary Unitary gate $U$ and some set of basis gates as input, and produce some quantum circuit of $U$ ...
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### From mathematical notation to quantum circuit, in general

I am learning the basics of quantum computing using Qiskit and I encountered a problem when I tried to solve some of our course exercises. I feel like I am missing an invisible step, the step from ...
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### How to implement $\sqrt{iSWAP}$ in Qiskit

I want to implement the $\sqrt{iSWAP}$ operator using simple operations in Qiskit such as it is done for the $iSWAP$ here or $\sqrt{SWAP}$ gate here. How can I do this? If possible I would like to ...
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### How does MCPhaseGate/MCU1Gate works internally in qiskit?

I was curious about the implementation of MCPhase/MCU1Gate and how it works without ancilla qubits. I ended up checking the code of the some auxiliary (?) function ...
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### IBM Qiskit QAOA gate implementation question

In section $5.2$ of the QAOA chapter in Qiskit textbook, section $5.2$, state preparation uses the gate $U_{k,l}(\gamma) = e^{\frac{i \gamma}{2} (1-Z_k Z_l)}$. Later, in section $5.3$, this gate is ...
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### Principal square root of Pauli Y gate in Qiskit?

I've seen a similar question asked (How do I compute the square root of the $Y$ gate?) but I'm trying to understand how I can use the gates $Y^{\frac{1}{2}}$ or $Y^{\frac{1}{4}}$ in Qiskit in terms of ...
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### How to define Q-operator in Quantum Amplitude Estimation

I'm trying to implement a circuit for Quantum Amplitude Estimation in Qiskit using elementary gates. I have created the circuit that represent my algorithm $A$ but now from the theory I know that I ...
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### Adding a phase to qubit: why is it necessary for arbitrary single qubit gate

An arbitrary single qubit gate can be decomposed as: $$U=e^{i \alpha} R_z(\beta) R_y(\gamma) R_z(\delta)$$ We notice that in addition to the three rotations, there is a coefficient $e^{i \alpha}$. ...
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### Would IBM's “compiler” turn my identity circuit into nothing?

If I were to create a circuit with the following gate: $$\tag{1}R_\phi = \begin{bmatrix} 1 & 0 \\ 0 & e^{i \phi} \end{bmatrix},$$ with $\phi$ specified to be equal to 0, then the gate that I ...
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### How can you decompose Grover's diffusion operator into gates?

I know how Grover's diffusion operator works ($U_s = 2|s\rangle\langle s|-I$) with the inversion around the mean. However, I want to implement it in simpler gates, to use the algorithm. How can I do ...
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### Equivalence checking of quantum circuits up to error

Suppose you are given two circuit descriptions $A$ and $B$ where by a circuit description I mean a sequence of gates (in the order they are applied) and the qubits they are applied on. (For the sake ...
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### How to find a circuit for the roots of QFT?

After reading about using quantum gates instead of ancillas, it asserts that every quantum circuit has a square root. Theoretically, they do, but is there a practical method to generate the quantum ...
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### Is it possible to express $U_1(\lambda)$ through the gates $R_x, R_y, R_z$ while maintaining the phase? In Qiskit for example

Is it possible to express gate $U_1(\lambda)$ through the gates $R_x, R_y, R_z$ while maintaining the phase? Both in principle and in practice (in Qiskit for example)? The single gate $R_z(\lambda)$ ...
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### [CNOT GATE]how to go from a passage matrix acting on |C0>,C1>|T0>,T1> to the Cnot matrix acting on |C0T0>,C0T1>

In article A controlled-NOT gate for frequency-bin qubits, the authors built a passage matrix acting on the states $T_0$, $T_1$, $C_0$, $C_1$ and then they infered the famous two qubit matrix notation....
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### Are Toffoli gates actually used in designing quantum circuits?

In an actual quantum computer, are we designing circuits with Toffoli Gates and then using compilers or optimizers to remove redundancies so that we can use fewer qubits than a full Toffoli gates ...
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### How to construct a CU3 gate using only CX and U3 gates?

Knowing that CX and U3 (taking 3 parameters $\theta, \phi$ and $\lambda$) form a set of universal gates how can I construct an arbitrary CU3 gate using a decomposition of only CX and arbitrary U3 ...
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### What are the differences between the Toffoli and Fredkin gates (historical, practical, etc.)

I'm trying to understand the historical ordering and the practical differences between the Toffoli Gate and the Fredkin Gate. Toffoli's February 1980 tech report MIT/LCS/TM-151 states: Where ...
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### What is the complexity of splitting a state into a superposition of $n$ computational basis states?

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### Implementing a controlled-controlled-U using controlled-U

Suppose I know how to implement a 2 qubit gate $C-U$ (i.e controlled U), and I want to implement $CC-U$ using $C-U$ and other 1 or 2 qubit gates, is that possible?
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### Cheap Toffoli gates with phase errors

Here, a cheap verion of a Toffoli, up to a phase flip for $|101\rangle$, is given by with $A=R_y(\pi/4)$. Are there similar versions of cheap implementation of general $C^nNOT$ gates? I tried to ...
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### How can I prove the universality of this set of gates?

I was reading this article. A brief explanation: Here we have a circuit, the registers are a stepfunction state, an single photon state and a function state. The first two have position operators $X$ ...
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### Decompose Toffoli gate with minimum cost for IBM quantum computer

The known decomposition of toffoli gate that can be used on IBM quantum computer is : I want to know any other Toffoli gate decompositions that can be used on IBM quantum computer and have a cost ...
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### How can I fill a unitary knowing only its first column?

I have a unitary matrix that I want to construct. I only care what happens to the first computational state, so the first column is specified. So far, I've been assigning each question mark to a ...
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### How to prove that a matrix is an arbitrary unitary?

My goal is to prove that I can synthesise arbitrary unitary from two components. In the end, I find a matrix with the form \mathbf{W}_j=\begin{pmatrix} |\alpha|2\cos{(\phi_{...
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### Cost of controlled-$U_i$

What is the cost (number of gates) of $\sum_{i=0}^{N-1}| i \rangle \langle i|\otimes U_i$ in terms of $N$ and the costs of the unitaries $U_i$? Say the gate set consists of arbitrary one-qubit gates ...
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### How to factor Ising YY coupling gate into product of basic gates?

Let us consider Pauli YY coupling gate of the following form  YY_\phi= \left(\begin{matrix} \cos(\phi) & 0 & 0 & i \sin(\phi) \\ 0 & \cos(\phi) & -i \sin(\phi) & 0 \\ ...
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### Decomposing a controlled phase gate into CNOTs

I'm trying to understand the following derivation of decomposing a controlled $R_k$ (phase) gate into a combination of CNOTs and single qubit gates, but there's one main thing about the process that ...
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### How to implement controlled u3 gate from Qiskit using simpler gates?

I am trying to implement the u3 controlled gate (able to rotate the qubit in any specified direction in 3 dimensions if the control is 1, for two qubits) using simpler gates. The simpler gates ...
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### control gate with 3 inputs, two control and rotation gate

My question is about if there is any way to represent a circuit that take 3 inputs and applies a rotation gate on the third qubit if the first two qubits is similar (has the same state)?
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### Efficient implementation of exponential of projector

If I have an $n$ qubit system and a projector $P$ such as $P_0 = \left|0\right>^{\otimes n}\left<0\right|^{\otimes n}$ (as an example) on those qubits, is there an efficient way to implement the ...
Suppose I want to obtain a gate sequence representing a particular 1 qubit unitary matrix. The gate set is represented by a discrete universal set, e.g. Clifford+T gates or $\{T,H\}$ gates. A well ...