# Questions tagged [quantum-gate]

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### How to derive the CNOT matrix for a 3-qubit system where the control & target qubits are not adjacent?

In a three-qubit system, it's easy to derive the CNOT operator when the control & target qubits are adjacent in significance - you just tensor the 2-bit CNOT operator with the identity matrix in ...
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### How do I add 1+1 using a quantum computer?

This can be seen as the software complement to How does a quantum computer do basic math at the hardware level? The question was asked by a member of the audience at the 4th network of the Spanish ...
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### How to approximate $Rx$, $Ry$ and $Rz$ gates?

Quantum Inspire is a quantum computing platform provided by QuTech. It consists of two real quantum processors - Starmon-5 and Spin-2. Whereas it is possible to use rotation gates $Rx$, $Ry$ and $Rz$ ...
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### Can I find the axis of rotation for any single-qubit gate?

Suppose I have an arbitrary qiskit $U_3$ gate: $U_3(\theta,\phi,\lambda)$. Is there a way I can find which axis the gate is rotating around? In other words, given any real numbers $\theta,\phi,\lambda$...
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### How can I implement an n-bit Toffoli gate?

I want to create a Toffoli gate controlled by n qubits, and implement it in QISKit. Can this be done? If so, how?
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### Given a decomposition for a unitary $U$, how do you decompose the corresponding controlled unitary gate $C(U)$?

Suppose we have a circuit decomposition of a unitary $U$ using some universal gate set (for example CNOT-gates and single qubit unitaries). Is there a direct way to write down the circuit of the ...
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### Understanding Google's “Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor” (Part 1): choice of gate set

I was recently going through the paper titled "Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor" by NASA Ames Research Centre and the Google Quantum AI team (note that the paper was ...
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### Quantum XNOR Gate Construction

Tried asking here first, since a similar question had been asked on that site. Seems more relevant for this site however. It is my current understanding that a quantum XOR gate is the CNOT gate. Is ...
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### Arbitrary powers of NOT and SWAP

The square-root of not and square-root of swap gates are often singled out for discussion of gates displaying important properties relating to quantum computers. How do I define arbitrary (non-...
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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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### How to interpret a quantum circuit as a matrix?

If a circuit takes more than one qubit as its input and has quantum gates which take different numbers of qubits as their input, how would we interpret this circuit as a matrix? Here is a toy example:...
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### Why are quantum gates unitary and not special unitary?

Given that the global phases of states cannot be physically discerned, why is it that quantum circuits are phrased in terms of unitaries and not special unitaries? One answer I got was that it is just ...
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### How do you implement the Toffoli gate using only single-qubit and CNOT gates?

I've been reading through "Quantum Computing: A Gentle Introduction", and I've been struggling with this particular problem. How would you create the circuit diagram, and what kind of reasoning would ...
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### Physical implementation of gates on IBM Q

There is a lot of quantum gates in IBM Q Composer, however, only few are implemented physically while others can be composed of them. When one looks at description of a quantum processor in IBM Q ...
### What is the $\lambda$ parameter in the $U3$ gate used for?
The most general single qubit gate is $\mathrm{U3}$ given by matrix  \mathrm{U3}= \begin{pmatrix} \cos(\theta/2) & -\mathrm{e}^{i\lambda}\sin(\theta/2) \\ \mathrm{e}^{i\phi}\sin(\theta/2) & ...