Benchmarking multi-qubit gates -- I: Metrological aspects

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Benchmarking multi-qubit gates -- I: Metrological aspects


Bharath Hebbe Madhusudhana


Accurate and precise control of large quantum systems is paramount to achieve practical advantages on quantum devices. Therefore, benchmarking the hardware errors in quantum computers has drawn significant attention lately. Existing benchmarks for digital quantum computers involve averaging the global fidelity over a large set of quantum circuits and are therefore unsuitable for specific multi-qubit gates used in analog quantum operations. Moreover, average global fidelity is not the optimal figure-of-merit for some of the applications specific to multi-qubit gates and analog devices , such as the study of many-body physics, which often use local observables. In this two-part paper, we develop a new figure-of-merit suitable for multi-qubit quantum gates based on the reduced Choi matrix of the operation. In the first part, we develop an efficient, scalable protocol to completely characterize the reduced Choi matrix. We identify two sources of sampling errors in measurements of the reduced Choi matrix and we show that there are fundamental limits to the rate of convergence of the sampling errors, analogous to the standard quantum limit and Heisenberg limit. A slow convergence rate of sampling errors would mean that we need a large number of experimental shots. We develop protocols using quantum information scrambling, which has been observed in disordered systems for e.g., to speed up the rate of convergence of the sampling error at state preparation Moreover, we develop protocols using squeezed and entangled initial states to enhance the convergence rate of the sampling error at measurement, which results in a metrologically enhanced reduced process tomography protocol.

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This manuscript introduces a new approach to benchmarking analog and many-qubit quantum operations based on the reduced Choi matrix. The report contains four theorems to substantiate the presented claims. The following questions and comments are intended to enhance the overall clarity and robustness of the work:

  1. The manuscript mentions the development of an efficient protocol for producing mixed states. Could the authors provide more specifics about this protocol? A step-by-step description or illustrative example would be beneficial for readers.

  2. The paper explains that the convergence rate of sampling error in state preparation has fundamental limits. It would be instructive if the authors could provide a more comprehensive explanation or mathematical proof of this statement.

  3. The presented work draws an analogy between the limits in convergence rate and the standard quantum limit and Heisenberg limits in quantum metrology. Could the authors provide a clear and thorough explanation of this analogy and its implications for their work?

  4. The authors mention the use of GHZ states in quantum metrology protocols to optimize the convergence rate of the sampling error in measurements. Could they elaborate on the selection of GHZ states over other quantum states? What are the specific advantages and possible limitations of using GHZ states in this context?

  5. The paper refers to the use of the reduced Choi matrix for obtaining benchmarks. Further explanation on how the reduced Choi matrix is employed in benchmarking, and why it is chosen over other possible methods, would provide valuable insight.

The authors are encouraged to address these points in their revision to further substantiate their claims and clarify the presentation of their work.

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