Encoding Majorana codes

TitleEncoding Majorana codes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2024
AuthorsMudassar, M, Chien, RW, Gottesman, D
Date Published2/12/2024

To implement a quantum error correction protocol, we first need a scheme to prepare our state in the correct subspace of the code, and this can be done using a unitary encoding circuit. Majorana codes are special since any gates that transform such codes must preserve fermionic parity. In this paper, we present an algorithm that uses the stabilizer matrix to compute unitary encoding circuits for Majorana codes. We present two approaches, both of which use a version of Gaussian elimination with row operations replaced with elementary fermionic Clifford operations. One approach uses an additional ancilla mode and works for all Majorana stabilizer codes, while the second approach does not use ancilla but does not work if the total parity is inside the stabilizer group.