Implementation of three-qubit Toffoli gate in a single step

Implementation of three-qubit Toffoli gate in a single step


Single-step implementations of multi-qubit gates are generally believed to provide a simpler design, a faster operation, and a lower decoherence. For coupled three qubits interacting with a photon field, a realizable scheme for a single-step Toffoli gate is investigated. We find that the three qubit system can be described by four effective modified Jaynes-Cummings models in the states of two control qubits. Within the rotating wave approximation, the modified Jaynes-Cummings models are shown to be reduced to the conventional Jaynes-Cummings models with renormalized couplings between qubits and photon fields. A single-step Toffoli gate is shown to be realizable with tuning the four characteristic oscillation periods that satisfy a commensurate condition. Possible values of system parameters are estimated for single-step Toffli gate. From numerical calculation, further, our single-step Toffoli gate operation errors are discussed due to imperfections in system parameters, which shows that a Toffoli gate with high fidelity can be obtained by adjusting pairs of the photon-qubit and the qubit-qubit coupling strengthes. In addition, a decoherence effect on the Toffoli gate operation is discussed due to a thermal reservoir.

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I Introduction

Any quantum computing algorithm can be decomposed into a sequence of single qubit rotations and entangling two-qubit gates. universal () Although this universal gate provides a convenient and intuitive design for quantum algorithm, the design becomes so complicated as the qubits scale up that it may be hard to implement the quantum algorithm. The quantum gates with more than two qubits, thus, will be very useful for constructing quantum computing algorithms and quantum error correction protocols. Physical realization of the multi-qubit gate has been intensively studied with various qubit systems.

Among the multi-qubit gate, the Toffoli gate Toffoli () (Controlled-Controlled-NOT or C-NOT gate) provides a universal gate set for classical computing. Recently, the three-qubit quantum Toffoli gate has been achieved, for example, with NMR qubits Cory (); Cory2 (), ion-trap qubits, Monz () and superconducting circuit. Wallraff () The Toffoli gate has usually been implemented by decomposing it into a sequence of single qubit operations and CNOT gates. However, the single-step implementation Grig () of multi-qubit gate will make the circuit design simpler and provide shorter gate operation time. Further, it may achieve the lowest possible qubit decoherence, providing high fidelity. For the atoms in cavity the inter-atom interaction is mediated by the photon mode. In this case the schemes for the single-step multi-qubit controlled-phase-flip gate Lin () and Toffoli gate Duan () have been proposed. In this study, we analyze a scheme for realizing the single-step implementation of Toffoli gate for solid-state qubits with Ising-type interaction.

We consider a system of three qubits coupled by Ising interaction, where the qubit state evolution is driven by an external oscillating field. Two of the qubits behave as the control qubit, while the third one as the target. The external photon field is resonant with the target qubit for a specific control qubit state, while it is off-resonant for the other control qubit states. For the resonant case, the Hamiltonian is described by the Jaynes-Cummings model with a photon field, coupled vertically with the qubit state in a rotated coordinate. However, for the off-resonant case, the photon field has components parallel as well as vertical to the qubit basis. In this paper, we analyze this modified Jaynes-Cummings model to find the conditions for the single-step Toffoli gate. These conditions can be obtained by investigating the commensurate oscillation periods of the target qubit states. The gate operation error is estimated to be so small that our scheme has advantages over the decomposition scheme of Toffoli gate. The decoherence effect of the environment is analyzed by introducing the interaction between the qubit and the thermal reservoir.

Ii Modified Jaynes-Cummings model

ii.1 Effective Hamiltonian

A qubit interacting with a microwave field, , with coupling constant can be described by a semiclassical Hamiltonian


where is the qubit energy splitting, is the tunnelling amplitude between different (pseudo-) spin states, and are the Pauli matrices. The microwave field can be quantized into photon field and, if we consider only the single-photon process, the system can be described by the Hamiltonian,


where and are the photon annihilation and creation operators. This type of coupling can be seen, for example, in the circuit-QED architecture Blais (); Blais2 (); Blais3 () and the superconducting flux qubit. Mooij (); Mooij2 (); Mooij3 (); Mooij4 () For three coupled qubits (qubits A,B,C) the Hamiltonian in the basis of is given by

Here with , and the Ising-type couplings are set to be equal to each other, .

In Fig. 1 the diagonal energies () of this Hamiltonian, excluding the qubit-photon interaction term , are plotted as dotted lines. We here set the first two qubits as the control qubits while the third qubit as the target qubit. We consider the parameter regime, , so that the energy levels of coupled qubits are far lower while those of much higher than the energy levels of as shown in Fig. 1. Here, is opposite spin of . Then, the tunnellings between the states and are suppressed in the Hamiltonian; thus, we can set and . Hence, the three qubit Hamiltonian of Eq. (II.1) can be represented as a block-diagonal form,


where is explicitly given as


and indicates the control qubit states.

Figure 1: (Color online) Dotted lines are the energy levels , and the solid lines correspond to the energy levels, , with . The operating point is .

In order to analyze the Rabi oscillation of this system we diagonalize the qubit part of the Hamiltonian by introducing a coordinate transformation as follows,




Here, note that we assign for , respectively. Then, the transformed Hamiltonian is given by


Among the energy levels in Fig. 1, the lowest two energy levels are given as and from the Hamiltonian in Eq. (II.1). These two energy levels are degenerate when , and we will use this degeneracy point as the operating point.

In general, the Hamiltonian is represented as a modified Jaynes-Cummings model as follows,




with , and we drop the irrelevant term . This Hamiltonian has the photon field which has the components either vertical or parallel to the qubit with coupling constant or .

In the Hamiltonian of Eq. (9) the Pauli operators are represented in the basis of , where


whose energy levels are shown as solid lines in Fig. 1. Here, denotes the control qubit state, and and denote the ground and excited states of the target qubit state. At the operating point ,


for , and , respectively. Since the Hamiltonian has degeneracy at this operating point, is reduced to the usual Jaynes-Cummings model, Jaynes ()




In order to describe the dynamics of qubit system, we introduce a rotating coordinate such as , where


Accordingly, the Schrödinger equation is written as with . In this interaction picture, the Hamiltonian is represented as


where the transformed operators are given by


The parallel coupling term between the qubit and the photon field, , in the Hamiltonian can be eliminated by introducing another coordinate transformation,


The transformed Hamiltonian is then written as


For photon field the transformed operators are represented as Vogel ()


and for spin operators Sakurai ()


Then, the Hamiltonian becomes


dropping a constant term.

The matrix element of the Hamiltonian can be evaluated in the rotating wave approximation (RWA) Jaynes () as follows, [see Appendix]


We can check that those two matrix elements are equivalent with each other,


by using the recurrent relations, Abra ()


As a result, in the RWA the modified Jaynes-Cummings model is reduced to the conventional Jaynes-Cummings model with a renormalized coupling between the qubit and photon field. Hence, the effective Hamiltonian in the RWA reads


in the basis of , where


is the renormalized coupling constant.

                    (1,3)  0.340 (0.358)  0.230 (0.254)  0.822  0.585  0.569  0.811  0.067  0.096 0.820 0.582 (2,6)  0.460 (0.484)  0.182 (0.199)  0.736  0.478  0.677  0.879  0.062  0.080 0.734 0.476 (3,9)  0.477 (0.471)  0.128 (0.126)  0.724  0.464  0.690  0.886  0.044  0.057 0.723 0.463

Table 1: The values of and are obtained by solving Eq. (34). Here the values in parenthesis are obtained from numerical calculation, which fit well with the analytic results for small where the RWA works well. () corresponds to the vertical (parallel) coupling strength between the qubit and photon field. is the renormalized coupling.

ii.2 Commensurate Condition

In this paper, we are concentrated on the ground state with . Then, the coupling constant is Gaussian. Though the coupling constant obtained by semiclassical analysis in Ref. comm, is oscillatory, it fits well with the present result for small because the RWA works well for a weak coupling. For , the Hamiltonian in Eq. (28) describes the quantum oscillation between the states and with the frequency,


is the oscillation frequency between the two states, and .

In this study, our Hamiltonian in the RWA is written as


and we want to flip the target qubit state when the control qubit state is . For , the Hamiltonian of Eq. (28) is reduced to which describes the Rabi oscillation between the states, and with the Rabi frequency


On the other hand, for the Hamiltonian demonstrates a non-Rabi oscillation between the states, and with the oscillating frequency . The Toffoli gate requires that for a specific control qubit state the target qubit state flips, while for the other control qubit states the target qubit state remains at the original state. The Toffoli gate is represented as following matrix,


in the basis of .

Let us consider the initial state, . When with , the state flips to the state , while the other stats also evolve during the time. Hence, in general, the Toffoli cannot be achieved at time . However, if half the oscillation period, , is an integer multiple of the other oscillation periods, with , as follows,


with integers , the Toffoli gate can be achieved. Here, since , , , and , we have . At time with integer , the qubit states with flips to the other state whereas the states with come back to the original states. Consequently, if ’s satisfy the conditions in Eq. (34), the Toffoli gate can be achieved at time .

The coupled equations of Eq. (34) for commensurate condition can be solved numerically, and partial results are summarized in Table 1. The coupled equations determine the values of and for a given pair of . Considering that the typical tunnelling frequency of solid-state qubits is 1-2 GHz, the interqubit coupling strength and the Rabi frequency should be of the order of 100MHz. The values of ’s and ’s are the prefactor of the coupling vertical and parallel to the qubit states, respectively, in the Hamiltonian of Eq. (9). is the renormalized coupling constant. We found that if there are solutions for the coupled equation of Eq. (34), but we also found that there exist solutions for some pairs of around the line, .

Iii Numerical Analysis of Toffoli gate

If the conditions for commensurate oscillation in Eq. (34) are satisfied, the analysis of previous section provides a complete (maximum fidelity) Toffoli gate operation. However, the analysis neglected the multi-photon processes and was performed under the RWA. In reality, thus, the gate operation cannot be complete. Through a numerical analysis with the original semi-classical Hamiltonian, we can estimate the error of our Toffoli gate operation scheme.

Similarly to the argument of section II, the three qubit Hamiltonian can be written as following block-diagonal form in a semiclassical description


where with


The eigenstates of are given by the states and in Eq. (12) whose evolutions are driven by . Here we adjust the operating point as and set the initial states as as before.

Figure 2: (Color online) (a) Time evolution of the initial state by using the values of and obtained by the RWA with =(1,3) in Table 1. At , the state flips to the state , while the other states come back to their initial state. As a result, the Toffoli gate is achieved in a single step. (b) Fidelity of the Toffoli gate for =(1,3) (solid line). The fidelity approaches local maxima at . Dotted line shows the fidelity for =(2,6).

The Toffoli gate can be demonstrated by using the values of and obtained analytically in Table 1. Here, we use the values for . In Fig. 2 (a) we can observe that at the initial state evolves to , while the other states recover their original states as follows,


Consequently, if the control qubit state is , the target qubit flips between and , while for the other control qubit states the target qubit remains in the original state.

Figure 3: (Color online) (a) Fidelity in the plane of calculated numerically with . The peak points are shown in Table 1, which corresponds to the values obtained analytically from Eqs. (34). (b) Cut view of (a) along the -axis and (c) -axis for (solid lines). Dotted lines show the fidelity error in log scale.

We can observe that the parameter values obtained by the RWA well describe the unitary evolutions for the Toffoli gate. The fidelity of Toffoli gate can be calculated by , where is the truth table of Toffoli gate calculated numerically. Figure 2 (b) shows the fidelity of the Toffoli gate for and (2,6). We can observe that at the single-step Toffoi gate is achieved. The peak width of fidelity in Fig. 2 (b) is calculated as 0.5 ns at with =1GHz, which is sufficiently wide for current state-of-the-art technology.

Figure 3 (a) shows the fidelity in the plane of . The peak points denote the local maxima of fidelity for , which are listed in Table 1. Since the RWA works well for weak coupling, the RWA results fit well with the numerical calculation for small in Table 1. Figure 3 (b) and (c) show the cut views of fidelity in (a) with along the -axis and -axis, respectively, which pass the local maximum. The peak width with is and . For GHz, and are of the order of 10MHz.

In Fig. 3 (b) and (c) the fidelity errors are shown. The maximum fidelity (F=1) can be achieved by using the Jaynes-Cummings Hamiltonian of Eq. (28) in the RWA. In fact, however, our numerical calculation is based on the semiclassical Hamiltonian of Eq. (1), which includes multi-photon processes and fast mode oscillations. As a result, due to these imperfections we have the fidelity error; which is 3 times larger than for the two-qubit oscillations. comm () The 3-qubit Toffoli gate can be implemented by decomposing it into a sequence of 10 single-qubit operations and 6 controlled-NOT operations. Barenco () Although the fidelity error for the present three-qubit oscillation is larger compared to two-qubit gate operation, our single-step implementation scheme has an advantage in this respect.

Iv Decoherence Analysis

The environment surrounding the qubit system is known to invoke a decoherence in the qubit state. The environment can be described as a reservoir of thermal bath. We consider that our qubit of Eq. (28) is coupled with the reservoir. If we trace out the reservoir degree of freedom from the total density matrix, the time evolution of the reduced density matrix is given by the Master equation in the Born-Markov approximation, Lou (); Kuang (); Moya ()


where depends on the temperature and the spectral density of the reservoir.

Here, if we introduce a dressed state basis,




the qubit Hamiltonian of Eq. (28) can be diagonalized as


In this dressed state basis the Master equation of Eq. (38) can be exactly solvable, providing the time evolution of the density matrix  Gang ()

where and


Let us consider that initially the target qubit is at the ground state, . The density matrix can be represented in the dressed state basis by using Eq. (IV). Then, the density matrix of initial state is given by


By tracing out the density matrix over the photon field we obtain the density matrix of the qubit system , where is a density matrix in the basis of . The expectation value of ground state population is calculated as


where .

In our scheme, for the control qubit state (), the target qubit states are resonant with the photon field. For the resonant case the population expectation has been derived. Moya () In our case is reduced to


which is consistent with the previous result.

Figure 4: (Color online) Fidelity of Toffoli gate in the presence of the reservoir for several qubit-reservoir coupling ’s.

Since we are considering the case in this study, we have


with and . Here, we introduce the occupation probabilities


For these probabilities correspond to the numerical result of Fig. 2 (a), where the initial target qubit state is the ground state.

The fidelity for the Toffoli gate is given by , where the truth table matrix has a block diagonal form




Here, if initially the qubit evolves from the ground (excited) state, is the probability that the qubit will occupy the ground (excited) state at time . Further, we have the relations that . The probability is given by the occupation probability of Eq. (48) as


and, thus, the fidelity is written by


We show the damping of fidelity in Fig. 4 for several ’s. As shown in Fig. 4, the maximum fidelity decays with the operation time.

V Summary

We study a scheme for the single-step Toffoli gate for