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Statistically characterizing robustness and fidelity of quantum controls and quantum control algorithms

Irtaza Khalid, Carrie A. Weidner Orcid Logo, Edmond A. Jonckheere, Sophie Shermer Orcid Logo, Frank C. Langbein Orcid Logo

Physical Review A, Volume: 107, Issue: 3

Swansea University Author: Sophie Shermer Orcid Logo

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Abstract

Robustness of quantum operations or controls is important to build reliable quantum devices. The robustness-infidelity measure (RIMp) is introduced to statistically quantify in a single measure the robustness and fidelity of a controller as the pth order Wasserstein distance between the fidelity dis...

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Published in: Physical Review A
ISSN: 2469-9926 2469-9934
Published: American Physical Society (APS) 2023
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa63139
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Abstract: Robustness of quantum operations or controls is important to build reliable quantum devices. The robustness-infidelity measure (RIMp) is introduced to statistically quantify in a single measure the robustness and fidelity of a controller as the pth order Wasserstein distance between the fidelity distribution of the controller under any uncertainty and an ideal fidelity distribution. The RIMp is the pth root of the pth raw moment of the infidelity distribution. Using a metrization argument, we justify why RIM1 (the average infidelity) is a good practical robustness measure. Based on the RIMp, an algorithmic robustness-infidelity measure (ARIM) is developed to quantify the expected robustness and fidelity of controllers found by a control algorithm. The utility of the RIM and ARIM is demonstrated on energy landscape controllers of spin-12 networks subject to Hamiltonian uncertainty. The robustness and fidelity of individual controllers as well as the expected robustness and fidelity of controllers found by different popular quantum control algorithms are characterized. For algorithm comparisons, stochastic and nonstochastic optimization objectives are considered. Although high fidelity and robustness are often conflicting objectives, some high-fidelity, robust controllers can usually be found, irrespective of the choice of the quantum control algorithm. However, for noisy or stochastic optimization objectives, adaptive sequential decision-making approaches, such as reinforcement learning, have a cost advantage compared to standard control algorithms and, in contrast, the high infidelities obtained are more consistent with high RIM values for low noise levels.
Keywords: Machine learning, Quantum computation, Quantum control, Quantum engineering, Quantum information theory
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Issue: 3