# Quantum logic gate

In quantum computing and specifically the quantum circuit model of computation, a quantum logic gate (or simply quantum gate) is a basic quantum circuit operating on a small number of qubits. They are the building blocks of quantum circuits, like classical logic gates are for conventional digital circuits.

Unlike many classical logic gates, quantum logic gates are reversible. However, it is possible to perform classical computing using only reversible gates. For example, the reversible Toffoli gate can implement all Boolean functions, often at the cost of having to use ancilla bits. The Toffoli gate has a direct quantum equivalent, showing that quantum circuits can perform all operations performed by classical circuits.

Quantum gates are unitary operators, and are described as unitary matrices relative to some basis. Usually we use the computational basis, which unless we compare it with something, just means that for a d-level quantum system (such as a qubit, a quantum register, or qutrits and qudits:22–23) we have labeled the orthogonal basis vectors $|0\rangle ,|1\rangle ,\dots ,|d-1\rangle$ , or use binary notation. Common quantum logic gates by name (including abbreviation), circuit form(s) and the corresponding unitary matrices.

## History

The current notation for quantum gates was developed by many of the founding fathers of quantum information science including Adriano Barenco, Charles Bennett, Richard Cleve, David P. DiVincenzo, Norman Margolus, Peter Shor, Tycho Sleator, John A. Smolin, and Harald Weinfurter, building on notation introduced by Richard Feynman.

## Representation

Single qubit states that are pure (i.e. lacks phase shifts along the basis axes, and is not entangled) can be represented using the Bloch sphere, writing it as $|\psi \rangle =\cos \left(\theta /2\right)|0\rangle +e^{i\varphi }\sin \left(\theta /2\right)|1\rangle .$
Rotation about the x, y, z-axes of the Bloch sphere is represented by the rotation operator gates.

Quantum logic gates are represented by unitary matrices. A gate which acts on $n$  qubits is represented by a $2^{n}\times 2^{n}$  unitary matrix, and the set of all such gates with the group operation of matrix multiplication[a] is the symmetry group U(2n). The quantum states that the gates act upon are unit vectors in $2^{n}$  complex dimensions, where the norm is the modulus squared. The basis vectors are the possible outcomes if measured, and a quantum state is a linear combination of these outcomes. The most common quantum gates operate on spaces of one or two qubits, just like the common classical logic gates operate on one or two bits.

Quantum states are typically represented by "kets", from a mathematical notation known as bra-ket.

The vector representation of a single qubit is:

$|a\rangle =v_{0}|0\rangle +v_{1}|1\rangle \rightarrow {\begin{bmatrix}v_{0}\\v_{1}\end{bmatrix}},$

Here, $v_{0}$  and $v_{1}$  are the complex probability amplitudes of the qubit. These values determine the probability of measuring a 0 or a 1, when measuring the state of the qubit. See measurement below for details.

The value zero is represented by the ket $|0\rangle ={\begin{bmatrix}1\\0\end{bmatrix}}$ , and the value one is represented by the ket $|1\rangle ={\begin{bmatrix}0\\1\end{bmatrix}}$ .

The tensor product (or Kronecker product) is used to combine quantum states. The combined state of two qubits is the tensor product of the two qubits. The tensor product is denoted by the symbol $\otimes$ .

The vector representation of two qubits is:

$|ab\rangle =|a\rangle \otimes |b\rangle =v_{00}|00\rangle +v_{01}|01\rangle +v_{10}|10\rangle +v_{11}|11\rangle \rightarrow {\begin{bmatrix}v_{00}\\v_{01}\\v_{10}\\v_{11}\end{bmatrix}},$

The action of the gate on a specific quantum state is found by multiplying the vector $|\psi _{1}\rangle$  which represents the state, by the matrix $U$  representing the gate. The result is a new quantum state $|\psi _{2}\rangle$ :

$U|\psi _{1}\rangle =|\psi _{2}\rangle .$

## Notable examples

There exist an infinite number of gates. Some of them have been named by various authors, and below follow some of those most often used in the literature.

### Identity gate

The identity gate is the identity matrix, usually written as I, and is defined for a single qubit as

$I={\begin{bmatrix}1&0\\0&1\end{bmatrix}},$

where I is basis independent and does not modify the quantum state. The identity gate is most useful when describing mathematically the result of various gate operations or when discussing multi-qubit circuits.

### Pauli gates (X,Y,Z)

The Pauli gates $(X,Y,Z)$  are the three Pauli matrices $(\sigma _{x},\sigma _{y},\sigma _{z})$  and act on a single qubit. The Pauli X,Y and Z equate, respectively, to a rotation around the x, y and z axes of the Bloch sphere by $\pi$  radians.

The Pauli-X gate is the quantum equivalent of the NOT gate for classical computers with respect to the standard basis $|0\rangle$ , $|1\rangle$ , which distinguishes the z-axis on the Bloch sphere. It is sometimes called a bit-flip as it maps $|0\rangle$  to $|1\rangle$  and $|1\rangle$  to $|0\rangle$ . Similarly, the Pauli-Y maps $|0\rangle$  to $i|1\rangle$  and $|1\rangle$  to $-i|0\rangle$ . Pauli Z leaves the basis state $|0\rangle$  unchanged and maps $|1\rangle$  to $-|1\rangle$ . Due to this nature, it is sometimes called phase-flip.

These matrices are usually represented as

$X=\sigma _{x}={\begin{bmatrix}0&1\\1&0\end{bmatrix}},$
$Y=\sigma _{y}={\begin{bmatrix}0&-i\\i&0\end{bmatrix}},$
$Z=\sigma _{z}={\begin{bmatrix}1&0\\0&-1\end{bmatrix}}.$

The Pauli matrices are involutory, meaning that the square of a Pauli matrix is the identity matrix.

$I^{2}=X^{2}=Y^{2}=Z^{2}=-iXYZ=I$

The Pauli matrices also anti-commute, for example $ZX=iY=-XZ$  .

#### Square root of NOT gate (√NOT)

The square root of NOT gate (or square root of Pauli-X, ${\sqrt {X}}$ ) acts on a single qubit. It maps the basis state $|0\rangle$  to ${\frac {(1+i)|0\rangle +(1-i)|1\rangle }{2}}$  and $|1\rangle$  to ${\frac {(1-i)|0\rangle +(1+i)|1\rangle }{2}}$ . In matrix form it is given by

${\sqrt {X}}={\sqrt {\text{NOT}}}={\frac {1}{2}}{\begin{bmatrix}1+i&1-i\\1-i&1+i\end{bmatrix}}={\frac {1}{\sqrt {2}}}{\begin{bmatrix}e^{i\pi /4}&e^{-i\pi /4}\\e^{-i\pi /4}&e^{i\pi /4}\end{bmatrix}}$ ,

such that

$({\sqrt {X}})^{2}=\left({\sqrt {\text{NOT}}}\right)^{2}={\begin{bmatrix}0&1\\1&0\end{bmatrix}}=X.$

This operation represents a rotation of π/2 about x-axis at the Bloch sphere.

### Controlled gates

Circuit diagram of controlled Pauli gates (from left to right): CNOT (or controlled-X), controlled-Y and controlled-Z.

Controlled gates act on 2 or more qubits, where one or more qubits act as a control for some operation. For example, the controlled NOT gate (or CNOT or CX) acts on 2 qubits, and performs the NOT operation on the second qubit only when the first qubit is $|1\rangle$ , and otherwise leaves it unchanged. With respect to the basis $|00\rangle$ , $|01\rangle$ , $|10\rangle$ , $|11\rangle$ , it is represented by the matrix:

${\mbox{CNOT}}={\begin{bmatrix}1&0&0&0\\0&1&0&0\\0&0&0&1\\0&0&1&0\end{bmatrix}}.$

The CNOT (or controlled Pauli-X) gate can be described as the gate that maps the basis states $|a,b\rangle \mapsto |a,a\oplus b\rangle$ , where $\oplus$  is XOR.

More generally if U is a gate that operates on single qubits with matrix representation

$U={\begin{bmatrix}u_{00}&u_{01}\\u_{10}&u_{11}\end{bmatrix}},$

then the controlled-U gate is a gate that operates on two qubits in such a way that the first qubit serves as a control. It maps the basis states as follows.

$|00\rangle \mapsto |00\rangle$
$|01\rangle \mapsto |01\rangle$
$|10\rangle \mapsto |1\rangle \otimes U|0\rangle =|1\rangle \otimes (u_{00}|0\rangle +u_{10}|1\rangle )$
$|11\rangle \mapsto |1\rangle \otimes U|1\rangle =|1\rangle \otimes (u_{01}|0\rangle +u_{11}|1\rangle )$

The matrix representing the controlled U is

${\mbox{C}}U={\begin{bmatrix}1&0&0&0\\0&1&0&0\\0&0&u_{00}&u_{01}\\0&0&u_{10}&u_{11}\end{bmatrix}}.$

When U is one of the Pauli operators, X,Y, Z, the respective terms "controlled-X", "controlled-Y", or "controlled-Z" are sometimes used.:177–185 Sometimes this is shortened to just CX, CY and CZ.

### Phase shift gates

The phase shift is a family of single-qubit gates that map the basis states $|0\rangle \mapsto |0\rangle$  and $|1\rangle \mapsto e^{i\varphi }|1\rangle$ . The probability of measuring a $|0\rangle$  or $|1\rangle$  is unchanged after applying this gate, however it modifies the phase of the quantum state. This is equivalent to conditionally tracing a horizontal circle (a line of latitude) on the Bloch sphere by $\varphi$  radians.[b] The phase shift gate is represented by the matrix:

$P(\varphi )={\begin{bmatrix}1&0\\0&e^{i\varphi }\end{bmatrix}}$

where $\varphi$  is the phase shift with the period . Some common examples are the T gate where ${\textstyle \varphi ={\frac {\pi }{4}}}$ , the phase gate (written S, though S is sometimes used for SWAP gates) where ${\textstyle \varphi ={\frac {\pi }{2}}}$  and the Pauli-Z gate where $\varphi =\pi$ .

The phase shift gates are related to each other as follows:

$Z={\begin{bmatrix}1&0\\0&e^{i\pi }\end{bmatrix}}={\begin{bmatrix}1&0\\0&-1\end{bmatrix}}=P\left(\pi \right)$
$S={\begin{bmatrix}1&0\\0&e^{i{\frac {\pi }{2}}}\end{bmatrix}}={\begin{bmatrix}1&0\\0&i\end{bmatrix}}=P\left({\frac {\pi }{2}}\right)={\sqrt {Z}}$
$T={\begin{bmatrix}1&0\\0&e^{i{\frac {\pi }{4}}}\end{bmatrix}}=P\left({\frac {\pi }{4}}\right)={\sqrt {S}}={\sqrt[{4}]{Z}}$
$P\left({\frac {\pi }{\xi }}\right)={\sqrt[{\xi }]{Z}}$  for all real $\xi$  except 0[c]

The argument to the phase shift gate is in U(1), and the gate performs a phase rotation in U(1) along the specified basis axis (e.g. $P(\varphi )$  rotates the phase about the $|1\rangle$ -axis). U(1) is a subgroup of U(n) and contains the phase of the quantum system. Extending $P(\varphi )$  to a rotation about a generic phase of both axes of a 2-level quantum system (a qubit) can be done with a series circuit: $P(\beta )\cdot X\cdot P(\alpha )\cdot X={\begin{bmatrix}e^{i\alpha }&0\\0&e^{i\beta }\end{bmatrix}}$ . When $\alpha =-\beta$  this gate is the rotation operator $R_{z}(2\beta )$  gate.[d]

Introducing the global phase gate $\operatorname {Ph} (\delta )={\begin{bmatrix}e^{i\delta }&0\\0&e^{i\delta }\end{bmatrix}}=\left(P(\delta )\cdot X\right)^{2}=e^{i\delta }I$ [e] we also have the identity $R_{z}(-\gamma )\operatorname {Ph} \left({\frac {\gamma }{2}}\right)=P(\gamma )$ .:11:77–83

Arbitrary single-qubit phase shift gates $P(\varphi )$  are natively available for transmon quantum processors through timing of microwave control pulses.

#### Controlled phase shift

The 2-qubit controlled phase shift gate is:

$\mathrm {CPHASE} (\varphi )={\begin{bmatrix}1&0&0&0\\0&1&0&0\\0&0&1&0\\0&0&0&e^{i\varphi }\end{bmatrix}}$

With respect to the computational basis, it shifts the phase with $\varphi$  only if it acts on the state $|11\rangle$ :

$|a,b\rangle \mapsto {\begin{cases}|a,e^{i\varphi }b\rangle &{\mbox{for }}a=b=1\\|a,b\rangle &{\mbox{otherwise.}}\end{cases}}$

The CZ gate is the special case where $\varphi =\pi$ .

### Rotation operator gates

The rotation operator gates $R_{x}(\theta ),R_{y}(\theta )$  and $R_{z}(\theta )$  are the analog rotation matrices in three Cartesian axes of SO(3), the axes on the Bloch sphere projection:

$R_{x}(\theta )=\exp(-iX\theta /2)={\begin{bmatrix}\cos(\theta /2)&-i\sin(\theta /2)\\-i\sin(\theta /2)&\cos(\theta /2)\end{bmatrix}},$
$R_{y}(\theta )=\exp(-iY\theta /2)={\begin{bmatrix}\cos(\theta /2)&-\sin(\theta /2)\\\sin(\theta /2)&\cos(\theta /2)\end{bmatrix}},$
$R_{z}(\theta )=\exp(-iZ\theta /2)={\begin{bmatrix}\exp(-i\theta /2)&0\\0&\exp(i\theta /2)\end{bmatrix}}.$

As Pauli matrices are related to the generator of rotations, these rotation operators can be written as matrix exponentials with Pauli matrices in the argument. Any $2\times 2$  unitary matrix in SU(2) can be written as a product (i.e. series circuit) of three rotation gates or less. Note that for two-level systems such as qubits and spinors, these rotations have a period of . A rotation of (360 degrees) returns the same statevector with a different phase.

We also have $R_{b}(-\theta )=R_{b}(\theta )^{\dagger }$  and $R_{b}(0)=I$  for all $b\in \{x,y,z\}.$

The rotation matrices are related to the Pauli matrices in the following way : $R_{x}(\pi )=-iX,R_{y}(\pi )=-iY,R_{z}(\pi )=-iZ.$

### Hadamard gate

The Hadamard gate (French: [adamaʁ]) acts on a single qubit. It maps the basis state $|0\rangle$  to ${\textstyle {\frac {|0\rangle +|1\rangle }{\sqrt {2}}}}$  and $|1\rangle$  to ${\textstyle {\frac {|0\rangle -|1\rangle }{\sqrt {2}}}}$ , which means that a measurement will have equal probabilities to result in 1 or 0 (i.e. creates a superposition). It represents a rotation of $\pi$  about the axis $({\hat {x}}+{\hat {z}})/{\sqrt {2}}$  at the Bloch sphere. It is represented by the Hadamard matrix:

$H={\frac {1}{\sqrt {2}}}{\begin{bmatrix}1&1\\1&-1\end{bmatrix}}.$

H is an involutory matrix. Using rotation operators, we have the identities: $R_{y}(\pi /2)Z=H$  and $XR_{y}(\pi /2)=H.$  Controlled-H gate can also be defined as explained in the section of controlled gates.

The Hadamard gate can be thought as a unitary transformation that maps qubit operations in z-axis to the x-axis and viceversa. For example, $HZH=X$ , $H{\sqrt {X}}\;H={\sqrt {Z}}=S$ , and $HR_{z}(\theta )H=R_{x}(\theta )$ .

### Swap gate

The swap gate swaps two qubits. With respect to the basis $|00\rangle$ , $|01\rangle$ , $|10\rangle$ , $|11\rangle$ , it is represented by the matrix:

${\mbox{SWAP}}={\begin{bmatrix}1&0&0&0\\0&0&1&0\\0&1&0&0\\0&0&0&1\end{bmatrix}}.$

#### Square root of swap gate

The SWAP gate performs half-way of a two-qubit swap. It is universal such that any many-qubit gate can be constructed from only SWAP and single qubit gates. The SWAP gate is not, however maximally entangling; more than one application of it is required to produce a Bell state from product states. With respect to the basis $|00\rangle$ , $|01\rangle$ , $|10\rangle$ , $|11\rangle$ , it is represented by the matrix:

${\sqrt {\text{SWAP}}}={\begin{bmatrix}1&0&0&0\\0&{\frac {1}{2}}(1+i)&{\frac {1}{2}}(1-i)&0\\0&{\frac {1}{2}}(1-i)&{\frac {1}{2}}(1+i)&0\\0&0&0&1\\\end{bmatrix}}.$

This gate arises naturally in systems that exploit exchange interaction.

### Toffoli (CCNOT) gate

The Toffoli gate, named after Tommaso Toffoli; also called CCNOT gate or Deutsch gate $D(\pi /2)$ ; is a 3-bit gate, which is universal for classical computation but not for quantum computation. The quantum Toffoli gate is the same gate, defined for 3 qubits. If we limit ourselves to only accepting input qubits that are $|0\rangle$  and $|1\rangle$ , then if the first two bits are in the state $|1\rangle$  it applies a Pauli-X (or NOT) on the third bit, else it does nothing. It is an example of a controlled gate. Since it is the quantum analog of a classical gate, it is completely specified by its truth table. The Toffoli gate is universal when combined with the single qubit Hadamard gate.

Truth table Matrix form
INPUT OUTPUT
0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 1 0 0 1
0 1 0 0 1 0
0 1 1 0 1 1
1 0 0 1 0 0
1 0 1 1 0 1
1 1 0 1 1 1
1 1 1 1 1 0

${\begin{bmatrix}1&0&0&0&0&0&0&0\\0&1&0&0&0&0&0&0\\0&0&1&0&0&0&0&0\\0&0&0&1&0&0&0&0\\0&0&0&0&1&0&0&0\\0&0&0&0&0&1&0&0\\0&0&0&0&0&0&0&1\\0&0&0&0&0&0&1&0\\\end{bmatrix}}$

The quantum Toffoli gate is also related to the classical AND operation as it can also described as the gate with the mapping $|a,b,c\rangle \mapsto |a,b,c\oplus (a\land b)\rangle$  for states in the computational basis.

### Fredkin (CSWAP) gate

The Fredkin gate (also CSWAP or CS gate), named after Edward Fredkin, is a 3-bit gate that performs a controlled swap. It is universal for classical computation. It has the useful property that the numbers of 0s and 1s are conserved throughout, which in the billiard ball model means the same number of balls are output as input.

Truth table Matrix form
INPUT OUTPUT
C I1 I2 C O1 O2
0   0   0   0   0   0
0 0 1 0 0 1
0 1 0 0 1 0
0 1 1 0 1 1
1 0 0 1 0 0
1 0 1 1 1 0
1 1 0 1 0 1
1 1 1 1 1 1

${\begin{bmatrix}1&0&0&0&0&0&0&0\\0&1&0&0&0&0&0&0\\0&0&1&0&0&0&0&0\\0&0&0&1&0&0&0&0\\0&0&0&0&1&0&0&0\\0&0&0&0&0&0&1&0\\0&0&0&0&0&1&0&0\\0&0&0&0&0&0&0&1\\\end{bmatrix}}$

### Ising coupling gates

The Ising coupling gates Rxx, Ryy and Rzz are 2-qubit gates that are implemented natively in some trapped-ion quantum computers. These gates are defined as

$R_{xx}(\phi )=\exp \left(-i{\frac {\phi }{2}}X\otimes X\right)=\cos \left({\frac {\phi }{2}}\right)I\otimes I-i\sin \left({\frac {\phi }{2}}\right)X\otimes X={\begin{bmatrix}\cos \left({\frac {\phi }{2}}\right)&0&0&-i\sin \left({\frac {\phi }{2}}\right)\\0&\cos \left({\frac {\phi }{2}}\right)&-i\sin \left({\frac {\phi }{2}}\right)&0\\0&-i\sin \left({\frac {\phi }{2}}\right)&\cos \left({\frac {\phi }{2}}\right)&0\\-i\sin \left({\frac {\phi }{2}}\right)&0&0&\cos \left({\frac {\phi }{2}}\right)\\\end{bmatrix}},$
$R_{yy}(\phi )=\exp \left(-i{\frac {\phi }{2}}Y\otimes Y\right)={\begin{bmatrix}\cos \left({\frac {\phi }{2}}\right)&0&0&i\sin \left({\frac {\phi }{2}}\right)\\0&\cos \left({\frac {\phi }{2}}\right)&-i\sin \left({\frac {\phi }{2}}\right)&0\\0&-i\sin \left({\frac {\phi }{2}}\right)&\cos \left({\frac {\phi }{2}}\right)&0\\i\sin \left({\frac {\phi }{2}}\right)&0&0&\cos \left({\frac {\phi }{2}}\right)\\\end{bmatrix}},$

$R_{zz}(\phi )=\exp \left(-i{\frac {\phi }{2}}Z\otimes Z\right)={\begin{bmatrix}e^{-i\phi /2}&0&0&0\\0&e^{i\phi /2}&0&0\\0&0&e^{i\phi /2}&0\\0&0&0&e^{-i\phi /2}\\\end{bmatrix}}.$ 

#### Imaginary swap (iSWAP)

For systems with Ising like interactions, it is sometimes more natural to introduce the imaginary swap or iSWAP gate defined as

$i{\mbox{SWAP}}=\exp \left[i{\frac {\pi }{4}}(X\otimes X+Y\otimes Y)\right]={\begin{bmatrix}1&0&0&0\\0&0&i&0\\0&i&0&0\\0&0&0&1\end{bmatrix}},$

where its squared root version is given by

${\sqrt {i{\mbox{SWAP}}}}=\exp \left[i{\frac {\pi }{8}}(X\otimes X+Y\otimes Y)\right]={\begin{bmatrix}1&0&0&0\\0&{\frac {1}{\sqrt {2}}}&{\frac {i}{\sqrt {2}}}&0\\0&{\frac {i}{\sqrt {2}}}&{\frac {1}{\sqrt {2}}}&0\\0&0&0&1\end{bmatrix}}.$

### Deutsch gate

The Deutsch (or $D_{\theta }$ ) gate, named after physicist David Deutsch is a three-qubit gate. It is defined as

$|a,b,c\rangle \mapsto {\begin{cases}i\cos(\theta )|a,b,c\rangle +\sin(\theta )|a,b,1-c\rangle &{\mbox{for }}a=b=1\\|a,b,c\rangle &{\mbox{otherwise.}}\end{cases}}$

Unfortunately, a working Deutsch gate has remained out of reach, due to lack of a protocol. There are some proposals to realize a Deutsch gate with dipole-dipole interaction in neutral atoms.

## Universal quantum gates

Both CNOT and ${\sqrt {\mbox{SWAP}}}$  are universal two-qubit gates and can be transformed into each other.

A set of universal quantum gates is any set of gates to which any operation possible on a quantum computer can be reduced, that is, any other unitary operation can be expressed as a finite sequence of gates from the set. Technically, this is impossible with anything less than an uncountable set of gates since the number of possible quantum gates is uncountable, whereas the number of finite sequences from a finite set is countable. To solve this problem, we only require that any quantum operation can be approximated by a sequence of gates from this finite set. Moreover, for unitaries on a constant number of qubits, the Solovay–Kitaev theorem guarantees that this can be done efficiently.

The rotation operators Rx(θ), Ry(θ), Rz(θ), the phase shift gate P(φ) and CNOT form a widely used universal set of quantum gates.

A common universal gate set is the Clifford + T gate set, which is composed of the CNOT, H, S and T gates. The Clifford set alone is not universal and can be efficiently simulated classically by the Gottesman-Knill theorem.

The Toffoli gate forms a set of universal gates for reversible logic circuits. A two-gate set of universal quantum gates containing a Toffoli gate can be constructed by adding the Hadamard gate to the set.

A single-gate set of universal quantum gates can also be formulated using the three-qubit Deutsch gate $D(\theta )$ .

A universal logic gate for reversible classical computing, the Toffoli gate, is reducible to the Deutsch gate, $D({\begin{matrix}{\frac {\pi }{2}}\end{matrix}})$ , thus showing that all reversible classical logic operations can be performed on a universal quantum computer.

There also exists a single two-qubit gate sufficient for universality, given it can be applied to any pairs of qubits $(k,k+1)\mod n$  on a circuit of width $n$ .

## Circuit composition

### Serially wired gates

Two gates Y and X in series. The order in which they appear on the wire is reversed when multiplying them together.

Assume that we have two gates A and B, that both act on $n$  qubits. When B is put after A in a series circuit, then the effect of the two gates can be described as a single gate C.

$C=B\cdot A$

Where $\cdot$  is matrix multiplication. The resulting gate C will have the same dimensions as A and B. The order in which the gates would appear in a circuit diagram is reversed when multiplying them together.:17–18,22–23,62–64:147–169

For example, putting the Pauli X gate after the Pauli Y gate, both of which act on a single qubit, can be described as a single combined gate C:

$C=X\cdot Y={\begin{bmatrix}0&1\\1&0\end{bmatrix}}\cdot {\begin{bmatrix}0&-i\\i&0\end{bmatrix}}={\begin{bmatrix}i&0\\0&-i\end{bmatrix}}$

The product symbol ($\cdot$ ) is often omitted.

#### Exponents of quantum gates

All real exponents of unitary matrices are also unitary matrices, and all quantum gates are unitary matrices.

Positive integer exponents are equivalent to sequences of serially wired gates (e.g. $X^{3}=X\cdot X\cdot X$ ), and the real exponents is a generalization of the series circuit. For example, $X^{\pi }$  and ${\sqrt {X}}=X^{1/2}$  are both valid quantum gates.

$U^{0}=I$  for any unitary matrix $U$ . The identity matrix ($I$ ) acts like a NOP and can be represented as bare wire in quantum circuits, or not shown at all.

All gates are unitary matrices, so that $U^{\dagger }U=UU^{\dagger }=I$  and $U^{\dagger }=U^{-1}$ , where $\dagger$  is the conjugate transpose. This means that negative exponents of gates are unitary inverses of their positively exponentiated counterparts: $U^{-n}=(U^{n})^{\dagger }$ . For example, some negative exponents of the phase shift gates are $T^{-1}=T^{\dagger }$  and $T^{-2}=(T^{2})^{\dagger }=S^{\dagger }$ .

### Parallel gates

Two gates $Y$  and $X$  in parallel is equivalent to the gate $Y\otimes X$

The tensor product (or Kronecker product) of two quantum gates is the gate that is equal to the two gates in parallel.:71–75:148

If we, as in the picture, combine the Pauli-Y gate with the Pauli-X gate in parallel, then this can be written as:

$C=Y\otimes X={\begin{bmatrix}0&-i\\i&0\end{bmatrix}}\otimes {\begin{bmatrix}0&1\\1&0\end{bmatrix}}={\begin{bmatrix}0{\begin{bmatrix}0&1\\1&0\end{bmatrix}}&-i{\begin{bmatrix}0&1\\1&0\end{bmatrix}}\\i{\begin{bmatrix}0&1\\1&0\end{bmatrix}}&0{\begin{bmatrix}0&1\\1&0\end{bmatrix}}\end{bmatrix}}={\begin{bmatrix}0&0&0&-i\\0&0&-i&0\\0&i&0&0\\i&0&0&0\end{bmatrix}}$

Both the Pauli-X and the Pauli-Y gate act on a single qubit. The resulting gate $C$  act on two qubits.

#### Hadamard transform

The gate $H_{2}=H\otimes H$  is the Hadamard gate ($H$ ) applied in parallel on 2 qubits. It can be written as:

$H_{2}=H\otimes H={\frac {1}{\sqrt {2}}}{\begin{bmatrix}1&1\\1&-1\end{bmatrix}}\otimes {\frac {1}{\sqrt {2}}}{\begin{bmatrix}1&1\\1&-1\end{bmatrix}}={\frac {1}{2}}{\begin{bmatrix}1&1&1&1\\1&-1&1&-1\\1&1&-1&-1\\1&-1&-1&1\end{bmatrix}}$

This "two-qubit parallel Hadamard gate" will when applied to, for example, the two-qubit zero-vector ($|00\rangle$ ), create a quantum state that have equal probability of being observed in any of its four possible outcomes; $|00\rangle$ , $|01\rangle$ , $|10\rangle$ , and $|11\rangle$ . We can write this operation as:

$H_{2}|00\rangle ={\frac {1}{2}}{\begin{bmatrix}1&1&1&1\\1&-1&1&-1\\1&1&-1&-1\\1&-1&-1&1\end{bmatrix}}{\begin{bmatrix}1\\0\\0\\0\end{bmatrix}}={\frac {1}{2}}{\begin{bmatrix}1\\1\\1\\1\end{bmatrix}}={\frac {1}{2}}|00\rangle +{\frac {1}{2}}|01\rangle +{\frac {1}{2}}|10\rangle +{\frac {1}{2}}|11\rangle ={\frac {|00\rangle +|01\rangle +|10\rangle +|11\rangle }{2}}$

Example: The Hadamard transform on a 3-qubit register $|\psi \rangle$ . Qubit 0 is least significant.

Here the amplitude for each measurable state is 12. The probability to observe any state is the square of the absolute value of the measurable states amplitude, which in the above example means that there is one in four that we observe any one of the individual four cases. See measurement for details.

$H_{2}$  performs the Hadamard transform on two qubits. Similarly the gate $\underbrace {H\otimes H\otimes \dots \otimes H} _{n{\text{ times}}}=\bigotimes _{1}^{n}H=H^{\otimes n}=H_{n}$  performs a Hadamard transform on a register of $n$  qubits.

When applied to a register of $n$  qubits all initialized to $|0\rangle$ , the Hadamard transform puts the quantum register into a superposition with equal probability of being measured in any of its $2^{n}$  possible states:

$\bigotimes _{0}^{n-1}H\bigotimes _{0}^{n-1}|0\rangle ={\frac {1}{\sqrt {2^{n}}}}{\begin{bmatrix}1\\1\\\vdots \\1\end{bmatrix}}={\frac {1}{\sqrt {2^{n}}}}{\Big (}|0\rangle +|1\rangle +\dots +|2^{n}-1\rangle {\Big )}={\frac {1}{\sqrt {2^{n}}}}\sum _{i=0}^{2^{n}-1}|i\rangle$

This state is a uniform superposition and it is generated as the first step in some search algorithms, for example in amplitude amplification and phase estimation.

Measuring this state results in a random number between $|0\rangle$  and $|2^{n}-1\rangle$ .[f] How random the number is depends on the fidelity of the logic gates. If not measured, it is a quantum state with equal probability amplitude ${\frac {1}{\sqrt {2^{n}}}}$  for each of its possible states.

The Hadamard transform acts on a register $|\psi \rangle$  with $n$  qubits such that ${\textstyle |\psi \rangle =\bigotimes _{i=0}^{n-1}|\psi _{i}\rangle }$  as follows:

$\bigotimes _{0}^{n-1}H|\psi \rangle =\bigotimes _{i=0}^{n-1}{\frac {|0\rangle +(-1)^{\psi _{i}}|1\rangle }{\sqrt {2}}}={\frac {1}{\sqrt {2^{n}}}}\bigotimes _{i=0}^{n-1}{\Big (}|0\rangle +(-1)^{\psi _{i}}|1\rangle {\Big )}=H|\psi _{0}\rangle \otimes H|\psi _{1}\rangle \otimes \cdots \otimes H|\psi _{n-1}\rangle$

#### Application on entangled states

If two or more qubits are viewed as a single quantum state, this combined state is equal to the tensor product of the constituent qubits. Any state that can be written as a tensor product from the constituent subsystems are called separable states (pure states). On the other hand, an entangled state is any state that cannot be tensor-factorized, or in other words: An entangled state can not be written as a tensor product of its constituent qubits states. Special care must be taken when applying gates to constituent qubits that make up entangled states.

If we have a set of N qubits that are entangled and wish to apply a quantum gate on M < N qubits in the set, we will have to extend the gate to take N qubits. This application can be done by combining the gate with an identity matrix such that their tensor product becomes a gate that act on N qubits. The identity matrix ($I$ ) is a representation of the gate that maps every state to itself (i.e., does nothing at all). In a circuit diagram the identity gate or matrix will often appear as just a bare wire.

The example given in the text. The Hadamard gate $H$  only act on 1 qubit, but $|\psi \rangle$  is an entangled quantum state that spans 2 qubits. In our example, $|\psi \rangle ={\frac {|00\rangle +|11\rangle }{\sqrt {2}}}$

For example, the Hadamard gate ($H$ ) acts on a single qubit, but if we for example feed it the first of the two qubits that constitute the entangled Bell state ${\frac {|00\rangle +|11\rangle }{\sqrt {2}}}$ , we cannot write that operation easily. We need to extend the Hadamard gate $H$  with the identity gate $I$  so that we can act on quantum states that span two qubits:

$K=H\otimes I={\frac {1}{\sqrt {2}}}{\begin{bmatrix}1&1\\1&-1\end{bmatrix}}\otimes {\begin{bmatrix}1&0\\0&1\end{bmatrix}}={\frac {1}{\sqrt {2}}}{\begin{bmatrix}1&0&1&0\\0&1&0&1\\1&0&-1&0\\0&1&0&-1\end{bmatrix}}$

The gate $K$  can now be applied to any two-qubit state, entangled or otherwise. The gate $K$  will leave the second qubit untouched and apply the Hadamard transform to the first qubit. If applied to the Bell state in our example, we may write that as:

$K{\frac {|00\rangle +|11\rangle }{\sqrt {2}}}={\frac {1}{\sqrt {2}}}{\begin{bmatrix}1&0&1&0\\0&1&0&1\\1&0&-1&0\\0&1&0&-1\end{bmatrix}}{\frac {1}{\sqrt {2}}}{\begin{bmatrix}1\\0\\0\\1\end{bmatrix}}={\frac {1}{2}}{\begin{bmatrix}1\\1\\1\\-1\end{bmatrix}}={\frac {|00\rangle +|01\rangle +|10\rangle -|11\rangle }{2}}$

#### Computational complexity and the tensor product

The time complexity for multiplying two $n\times n$ -matrices is at least $\Omega (n^{2}\log n)$ , if using a classical machine. Because the size of a gate that operates on $q$  qubits is $2^{q}\times 2^{q}$  it means that the time for simulating a step in a quantum circuit (by means of multiplying the gates) that operates on generic entangled states is $\Omega ({2^{q}}^{2}\log({2^{q}}))$ . For this reason it is believed to be intractable to simulate large entangled quantum systems using classical computers. Subsets of the gates, such as the Clifford gates, can however be efficiently simulated on classical computers.

The state vector of a quantum register with $n$  qubits is $2^{n}$  complex entries. Storing the probability amplitudes as a list of floating point values is not tractable for large $n$ .

### Unitary inversion of gates

Example: The unitary inverse of the Hadamard-CNOT product. The three gates $H$ , $I$  and $\mathrm {CNOT}$  are their own unitary inverses.

Because all quantum logical gates are reversible, any composition of multiple gates is also reversible. All products and tensor products (i.e. series and parallel combinations) of unitary matrices are also unitary matrices. This means that it is possible to construct an inverse of all algorithms and functions, as long as they contain only gates.

Initialization, measurement, I/O and spontaneous decoherence are side effects in quantum computers. Gates however are purely functional and bijective.

If $U$  is a unitary matrix, then $U^{\dagger }U=UU^{\dagger }=I$  and $U^{\dagger }=U^{-1}$ . The dagger ($\dagger$ ) denotes the complex conjugate of the transpose. It is also called the Hermitian adjoint.

If a function $F$  is a product of $m$  gates, $F=A_{1}\cdot A_{2}\cdot \dots \cdot A_{m}$ , the unitary inverse of the function $F^{\dagger }$  can be constructed:

Because $(UV)^{\dagger }=V^{\dagger }U^{\dagger }$  we have, after repeated application on itself

$F^{\dagger }=\left(\prod _{0

Similarly if the function $G$  consists of two gates $A$  and $B$  in parallel, then $G=A\otimes B$  and $G^{\dagger }=(A\otimes B)^{\dagger }=A^{\dagger }\otimes B^{\dagger }$ .

Gates that are their own unitary inverses are called Hermitian or self-adjoint operators. Some elementary gates such as the Hadamard (H) and the Pauli gates (I, X, Y, Z) are Hermitian operators, while others like the phase shift (S, T, P, CPHASE) gates generally are not. Gates that are not Hermitian are sometimes called skew-Hermitian, or adjoint operators.

For example, an algorithm for addition can be used for subtraction, if it is being "run in reverse", as its unitary inverse. The inverse quantum fourier transform is the unitary inverse. Unitary inverses can also be used for uncomputation. Programming languages for quantum computers, such as Microsoft's Q# and Bernhard Ömer's QCL:61, contain function inversion as programming concepts.

## Measurement

Circuit representation of measurement. The two lines on the right hand side represent a classical bit, and the single line on the left hand side represents a qubit.

Measurement (sometimes called observation) is irreversible and therefore not a quantum gate, because it assigns the observed quantum state to a single value. Measurement takes a quantum state and projects it to one of the basis vectors, with a likelihood equal to the square of the vector's depth (the norm is the modulus squared) along that basis vector.:15–17 This is known as the Born rule and appears[f] as a stochastic non-reversible operation as it probabilistically sets the quantum state equal to the basis vector that represents the measured state (the state "collapses" to a definite single value). Why and how, or even if the quantum state collapses at measurement, is called the measurement problem.

The probability of measuring a value with probability amplitude $\phi$  is $1\geq |\phi |^{2}\geq 0$ , where $|\cdot |$  is the modulus.

Measuring a single qubit, whose quantum state is represented by the vector $a|0\rangle +b|1\rangle ={\begin{bmatrix}a\\b\end{bmatrix}}$ , will result in $|0\rangle$  with probability $|a|^{2}$ , and in $|1\rangle$  with probability $|b|^{2}$ .

For example, measuring a qubit with the quantum state ${\frac {|0\rangle -i|1\rangle }{\sqrt {2}}}={\frac {1}{\sqrt {2}}}{\begin{bmatrix}1\\-i\end{bmatrix}}$  will yield with equal probability either $|0\rangle$  or $|1\rangle$ .

For a single qubit, we have a unit sphere in $\mathbb {C} ^{2}$  with the quantum state $a|0\rangle +b|1\rangle$  such that $|a|^{2}+|b|^{2}=1$ . The state can be re-written as $|\cos \theta |^{2}+|\sin \theta |^{2}=1$ , or $|a|^{2}=\cos ^{2}\theta$  and $|b|^{2}=\sin ^{2}\theta$ .
Note: $|a|^{2}$  is the probability of measuring $|0\rangle$  and $|b|^{2}$  is the probability of measuring $|1\rangle$ .

A quantum state $|\Psi \rangle$  that spans n qubits can be written as a vector in $2^{n}$  complex dimensions: $|\Psi \rangle \in \mathbb {C} ^{2^{n}}$ . This is because the tensor product of n qubits is a vector in $2^{n}$  dimensions. This way, a register of n qubits can be measured to $2^{n}$  distinct states, similar to how a register of n classical bits can hold $2^{n}$  distinct states. Unlike with the bits of classical computers, quantum states can have non-zero probability amplitudes in multiple measurable values simultaneously. This is called superposition.

The sum of all probabilities for all outcomes must always be equal to 1.[g] Another way to say this is that the Pythagorean theorem generalized to $\mathbb {C} ^{2^{n}}$  has that all quantum states $|\Psi \rangle$  with n qubits must satisfy ${\textstyle 1=\sum _{x=0}^{2^{n}-1}|a_{x}|^{2}}$ , where $a_{x}$  is the probability amplitude for measurable state $|x\rangle$ . A geometric interpretation of this is that the possible value-space of a quantum state $|\Psi \rangle$  with n qubits is the surface of a unit sphere in $\mathbb {C} ^{2^{n}}$  and that the unitary transforms (i.e. quantum logic gates) applied to it are rotations on the sphere. The rotations that the gates perform is in the symmetry group U(2n). Measurement is then a probabilistic projection of the points at the surface of this complex sphere onto the basis vectors that span the space (and labels the outcomes).

In many cases the space is represented as a Hilbert space ${\mathcal {H}}$  rather than some specific $2^{n}$ -dimensional complex space. The number of dimensions (defined by the basis vectors, and thus also the possible outcomes from measurement) is then often implied by the operands, for example as the required state space for solving a problem. In Grover's algorithm, Lov named this generic basis vector set "the database".

The selection of basis vectors against to measure a quantum state will influence the outcome of the measurement.:30–35:22,84–85,185–188 See Von Neumann entropy for details. In this article, we always use the computational basis, which means that we have labeled the $2^{n}$  basis vectors of an n-qubit register $|0\rangle ,|1\rangle ,|2\rangle ,\cdots ,|2^{n}-1\rangle$ , or use the binary representation $|0_{10}\rangle =|0\dots 00_{2}\rangle ,|1_{10}\rangle =|0\dots 01_{2}\rangle ,|2_{10}\rangle =|0\dots 10_{2}\rangle ,\cdots ,|2^{n}-1\rangle =|111\dots 1_{2}\rangle$ .

In the quantum computing domain, it is generally assumed that the basis vectors constitute an orthonormal basis.

An example of usage of an alternative measurement basis is in the BB84 cipher.

### The effect of measurement on entangled states

The Hadamard-CNOT gate, which when given the input $|00\rangle$  produces a Bell state.

If two quantum states (i.e. qubits, or registers) are entangled (meaning that their combined state cannot be expressed as a tensor product), measurement of one register affects or reveals the state of the other register by partially or entirely collapsing its state too. This effect can be used for computation, and is used in many algorithms.

The Hadamard-CNOT combination acts on the zero-state as follows:

$\operatorname {CNOT} (H\otimes I)|00\rangle =\left({\begin{bmatrix}1&0&0&0\\0&1&0&0\\0&0&0&1\\0&0&1&0\end{bmatrix}}\left({\frac {1}{\sqrt {2}}}{\begin{bmatrix}1&1\\1&-1\end{bmatrix}}\otimes {\begin{bmatrix}1&0\\0&1\end{bmatrix}}\right)\right){\begin{bmatrix}1\\0\\0\\0\end{bmatrix}}={\frac {1}{\sqrt {2}}}{\begin{bmatrix}1\\0\\0\\1\end{bmatrix}}={\frac {|00\rangle +|11\rangle }{\sqrt {2}}}$

The Bell state in the text is $|\Psi \rangle =a|00\rangle +b|01\rangle +c|10\rangle +d|11\rangle$  where $a=d={\frac {1}{\sqrt {2}}}$  and $b=c=0$ . Therefore it can be described by the complex plane spanned by the basis vectors $|00\rangle$  and $|11\rangle$ , as in the picture. The unit sphere (in $\mathbb {C} ^{4}$ ) that represent the possible value-space of the 2-qubit system intersects the plane and $|\Psi \rangle$  lies on the unit spheres surface. Because $|a|^{2}=|d|^{2}=1/2$ , there is equal probability of measuring this state to $|00\rangle$  or $|11\rangle$ , and zero probability of measuring it to $|01\rangle$  or $|10\rangle$ .

This resulting state is the Bell state ${\frac {|00\rangle +|11\rangle }{\sqrt {2}}}={\frac {1}{\sqrt {2}}}{\begin{bmatrix}1\\0\\0\\1\end{bmatrix}}$ . It cannot be described as a tensor product of two qubits. There is no solution for

${\begin{bmatrix}x\\y\end{bmatrix}}\otimes {\begin{bmatrix}w\\z\end{bmatrix}}={\begin{bmatrix}xw\\xz\\yw\\yz\end{bmatrix}}={\frac {1}{\sqrt {2}}}{\begin{bmatrix}1\\0\\0\\1\end{bmatrix}}$

because for example w needs to be both non-zero and zero in the case of xw and yw.

The quantum state spans the two qubits. This is called entanglement. Measuring one of the two qubits that make up this Bell state will result in that the other qubit logically must have the same value, both must be the same: Either it will be found in the state $|00\rangle$ , or in the state $|11\rangle$ . If we measure one of the qubits to be for example $|1\rangle$ , then the other qubit must also be $|1\rangle$ , because their combined state became $|11\rangle$ . Measurement of one of the qubits collapses the entire quantum state, that span the two qubits.

The GHZ state is a similar entangled quantum state that spans three or more qubits.

This type of value-assignment occurs instantaneously over any distance and this has as of 2018 been experimentally verified by QUESS for distances of up to 1200 kilometers. That the phenomena appears to happen instantaneously as opposed to the time it would take to traverse the distance separating the qubits at the speed of light is called the EPR paradox, and it is an open question in physics how to resolve this. Originally it was solved by giving up the assumption of local realism, but other interpretations have also emerged. For more information see the Bell test experiments. The no-communication theorem proves that this phenomena cannot be used for faster-than-light communication of classical information.

### Measurement on registers with pairwise entangled qubits

The effect of a unitary transform F on a register A that is in a superposition of $2^{n}$  states and pairwise entangled with the register B. Here, n is 3 (each register has 3 qubits).

Take a register A with n qubits all initialized to $|0\rangle$ , and feed it through a parallel Hadamard gate ${\textstyle \bigotimes _{1}^{n}H}$ . Register A will then enter the state ${\textstyle {\frac {1}{\sqrt {2^{n}}}}\sum _{k=0}^{2^{n}-1}|k\rangle }$  that have equal probability of when measured to be in any of its $2^{n}$  possible states; $|0\rangle$  to $|2^{n}-1\rangle$ . Take a second register B, also with n qubits initialized to $|0\rangle$  and pairwise CNOT its qubits with the qubits in register A, such that for each p the qubits $A_{p}$  and $B_{p}$  forms the state $|A_{p}B_{p}\rangle ={\frac {|00\rangle +|11\rangle }{\sqrt {2}}}$ .

If we now measure the qubits in register A, then register B will be found to contain the same value as A. If we however instead apply a quantum logic gate F on A and then measure, then $|A\rangle =F|B\rangle \iff F^{\dagger }|A\rangle =|B\rangle$ , where $F^{\dagger }$  is the unitary inverse of F.

Because of how unitary inverses of gates act, $F^{\dagger }|A\rangle =F^{-1}(|A\rangle )=|B\rangle$ . For example, say $F(x)=x+3{\pmod {2^{n}}}$ , then $|B\rangle =|A-3{\pmod {2^{n}}}\rangle$ .

The equality will hold no matter in which order measurement is performed (on the registers A or B), assuming that F has run to completion. Measurement can even be randomly and concurrently interleaved qubit by qubit, since the measurements assignment of one qubit will limit the possible value-space from the other entangled qubits.

Even though the equalities holds, the probabilities for measuring the possible outcomes may change as a result of applying F, as may be the intent in a quantum search algorithm.

This effect of value-sharing via entanglement is used in Shor's algorithm, phase estimation and in quantum counting. Using the Fourier transform to amplify the probability amplitudes of the solution states for some problem is a generic method known as "Fourier fishing".

## Logic function synthesis

Function and routines that only use gates can themselves be described as matrices, just like the smaller gates. The matrix that represents a quantum function that act on $q$  qubits have the size $2^{q}\times 2^{q}$ . For example, a function that act on a "qubyte" (a register of 8 qubits) would be described as a matrix with $2^{8}\times 2^{8}=256\times 256$  elements.

Unitary transformations that are not in the set of gates natively available at the quantum computer (the primitive gates) can be synthesised, or approximated, by combining the available primitive gates in a circuit. One way to do this is to factorize the matrix that encodes the unitary transformation into a product of tensor products (i.e. series and parallel circuits) of the available primitive gates. The group U(2q) is the symmetry group for the gates that act on $q$  qubits. Factorization is then the problem of finding a path in U(2q) from the generating set of primitive gates. The Solovay–Kitaev theorem shows that given a sufficient set of primitive gates, there exist an efficient approximate for any gate. For the general case with large number of qubits this direct approach to circuit synthesis is intractable.

Because the gates unitary nature, all functions must be reversible and always be bijective mappings of input to output. There must always exist a function $F^{-1}$  such that $F^{-1}(F(|\psi \rangle ))=|\psi \rangle$ . Functions that are not invertible can be made invertible by adding ancilla qubits to the input or the output, or both. After the function has run to completion, the ancilla qubits can then either be uncomputed or left untouched. Measuring or otherwise collapsing the quantum state of an ancilla qubit (e.g. by re-initializing the value of it, or by its spontaneous decoherence) that have not been uncomputed may result in errors, as their state may be entangled with the qubits that are still being used in computations.

Logically irreversible operations, for example addition modulo $2^{n}$  of two $n$ -qubit registers a and b, $F(a,b)=a+b{\pmod {2^{n}}}$ , can be made logically reversible by adding information to the output, so that the input can be computed from the output (i.e. there exist a function $F^{-1}$ ). In our example, this can be done by passing on one of the input registers to the output: $F(|a\rangle \otimes |b\rangle )=|a+b{\pmod {2^{n}}}\rangle \otimes |a\rangle$ . The output can then be used to compute the input (i.e. given the output $a+b$  and $a$ , we can easily find the input; $a$  is given and $(a+b)-a=b$ ) and the function is made bijective.

All boolean algebraic expressions can be encoded as unitary transforms (quantum logic gates), for example by using combinations of the Pauli-X, CNOT and Toffoli gates. These gates are functionally complete in the boolean logic domain.

There are many unitary transforms available in the libraries of Q#, QCL, Qiskit, and other quantum programming languages. It also appears in the literature.

For example, $\mathrm {inc} (|x\rangle )=|x+1{\pmod {2^{x_{\text{length}}}}}\rangle$ , where $x_{\text{length}}$  is the number of qubits that constitutes the register $x$ , is implemented as the following in QCL:

The generated circuit, when $x_{\text{length}}=4$ .
The symbols $\oplus$ , $\land$  and $\neg$  denotes XOR, AND and NOT respectively, and comes from the boolean representation of Pauli-X with zero or more control qubits when applied to states that are in the computational basis.
cond qufunct inc(qureg x) { // increment register
int i;
for i = #x-1 to 0 step -1 {
CNot(x[i], x[0::i]);     // apply controlled-not from
}                          // MSB to LSB
}


In QCL, decrement is done by "undoing" increment. The undo operator ! is used to instead run the unitary inverse of the function. !inc(x) is the inverse of inc(x) and instead performs the operation $\mathrm {inc} ^{\dagger }|x\rangle =\mathrm {inc} ^{-1}(|x\rangle )=|x-1{\pmod {2^{x_{\text{length}}}}}\rangle$ .

In the model of computation used in this article (the quantum circuit model), a classic computer generates the gate composition for the quantum computer, and the quantum computer acts as a coprocessor that receives instructions from the classical computer about which primitive gates to apply to which qubits.:36–43 Measurement of quantum registers results in binary values that the classical computer can use in its computations. Quantum algorithms often contain both a classical and a quantum part. Unmeasured I/O (sending qubits to remote computers without collapsing their quantum states) can be used to create networks of quantum computers. Entanglement swapping can then be used to realize distributed algorithms with quantum computers that are not directly connected. Examples of distributed algorithms that only require the use of a handful of quantum logic gates is superdense coding, the quantum Byzantine agreement and the BB84 cipherkey exchange protocol.