Implementing a fast, unbounded quantum fanout gate using power-law interactions


Andrew Guo (QuICS)
Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12:00pm
Virtual Via Zoom

The standard circuit model for quantum computation presumes the ability to directly perform gates between arbitrary pairs of qubits, which is unlikely to be practical for large-scale experiments. Power-law interactions with strength decaying as 1/r^α in the distance r provide an experimentally realizable resource for information processing, whilst still retaining long-range connectivity. We leverage the power of these interactions to  implement a fast quantum fanout gate with an arbitrary number of targets. Our implementation allows the quantum Fourier transform (QFT) and Shor’s algorithm to be performed on a D-dimensional lattice in time logarithmic in the number of qubits for interactions with α ≤ D. As a corollary, we show that power-law systems with α ≤ D are difficult to simulate classically even for short times, under a standard assumption that factoring is classically intractable. Complementarily, we develop a technique to give a general lower bound, linear in the size of the system, on the time required to implement the QFT and the fanout gate in systems that are constrained by a linear light cone. This allows us to prove an asymptotically tighter lower bound for long-range systems than is possible with previously available techniques.