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Researchers Create Novel Algorithm for Verifying Quantum Devices



Researchers at the University of Tokyo have used machine learning to create a novel algorithm that enables the efficient and accurate verification of quantum devices.Technologies that rely on novel quantum mechanical behaviors are becoming increasingly popular, and they require verification due to inherent uncertainties. 

The research was published in APS Physics

A Quantum Internet 

Most experts consider quantum computers to still be in their early-stages of development, but a quantum internet is more advanced and closer to the present. In order for this to be achieved, there will need to be much more research and the development of many more tools for the design of quantum devices. 

One of these important tools is the algorithm that verifies quantum devices. It was developed by postdoctoral researcher Quoc Hoan Tran and Associate Professor Kohei Nakajima from the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo.

According to the researchers, the device could make verifying the behavior of quantum devices more efficient and precise. The algorithm can reconstruct the workings of a time-dependent quantum device, and it does this by learning the relationship between the quantum inputs and outputs. 

“The technique to describe a quantum system based on its inputs and outputs is called quantum process tomography,” said Tran. “However, many researchers now report that their quantum systems exhibit some kind of memory effect where present states are affected by previous ones. This means that a simple inspection of input and output states cannot describe the time-dependent nature of the system. You could model the system repeatedly after every change in time, but this would be extremely computationally inefficient. Our aim was to embrace this memory effect and use it to our advantage rather than use brute force to overcome it.”

Constructing the Algorithm 

To construct the algorithm, the team used machine learning and a technique referred to as quantum reservoir computing. By learning the inputs and outputs that change over time in a quantum system, it can guess how the patterns will change. It can make these predictions even in situations that have not yet been witnessed.

“At present, our algorithm can emulate a certain kind of quantum system, but hypothetical devices may vary widely in their processing ability and have different memory effects. So the next stage of research will be to broaden the capabilities of our algorithms, essentially making something more general purpose and thus more useful,” said Tran. “I am excited by what quantum machine learning methods could do, by the hypothetical devices they might lead to.”

Alex McFarland is an AI journalist and writer exploring the latest developments in artificial intelligence. He has collaborated with numerous AI startups and publications worldwide.