sf.backends.BaseBackend¶

class
BaseBackend
[source]¶ Bases:
object
Abstract base class for backends.
Attributes
Short name of the CircuitSpecs class used to validate Programs for this backend.
short name of the backend

circuit_spec
= None¶ Short name of the CircuitSpecs class used to validate Programs for this backend. None if no validation is required.
 Type
str, None

short_name
= 'base'¶ short name of the backend
 Type
str
Methods
add_mode
([n])Add modes to the circuit.
beamsplitter
(t, r, mode1, mode2)Apply the beamsplitter operation to the specified modes.
begin_circuit
(num_subsystems, **kwargs)Instantiate a quantum circuit.
del_mode
(modes)Delete modes from the circuit.
displacement
(alpha, mode)Apply the displacement operation to the specified mode.
Return a list of the active modes for the circuit.
is_vacuum
([tol])Test whether the current circuit state is vacuum (up to given tolerance).
loss
(T, mode)Perform a loss channel operation on the specified mode.
measure_fock
(modes[, shots, select])Measure the given modes in the Fock basis.
measure_homodyne
(phi, mode[, shots, select])Measure a phase space quadrature of the given mode.
measure_threshold
(modes[, shots, select])Measure the given modes in the thresholded Fock basis, i.e., zero or nonzero photons).
prepare_coherent_state
(alpha, mode)Prepare a coherent state in the specified mode.
prepare_displaced_squeezed_state
(alpha, r, …)Prepare a displaced squeezed state in the specified mode.
prepare_squeezed_state
(r, phi, mode)Prepare a squeezed vacuum state in the specified mode.
prepare_thermal_state
(nbar, mode)Prepare a thermal state in the specified mode.
prepare_vacuum_state
(mode)Prepare the vacuum state in the specified mode.
reset
([pure])Reset the circuit so that all the modes are in the vacuum state.
rotation
(phi, mode)Apply the phasespace rotation operation to the specified mode.
squeeze
(z, mode)Apply the squeezing operation to the specified mode.
state
([modes])Returns the state of the quantum simulation.
supports
(name)Check whether the backend supports the given operating mode.
thermal_loss
(T, nbar, mode)Perform a thermal loss channel operation on the specified mode.

add_mode
(n=1)[source]¶ Add modes to the circuit.
The new modes are initialized to the vacuum state. They are assigned mode indices sequentially, starting from the first unassigned index.
 Parameters
n (int) – number of modes to add
 Returns
indices of the newly added modes
 Return type
list[int]

beamsplitter
(t, r, mode1, mode2)[source]¶ Apply the beamsplitter operation to the specified modes.
It is assumed that \(r^2+t^2 = t^2+r^2=1\), i.e that t is real.
 Parameters
t (float) – transmitted amplitude
r (complex) – reflected amplitude (with phase)
mode1 (int) – first mode that beamsplitter acts on
mode2 (int) – second mode that beamsplitter acts on

begin_circuit
(num_subsystems, **kwargs)[source]¶ Instantiate a quantum circuit.
Instantiates a representation of a quantum optical state with
num_subsystems
modes. The state is initialized to vacuum.The modes in the circuit are indexed sequentially using integers, starting from zero. Once an index is assigned to a mode, it can never be reassigned to another mode. If the mode is deleted its index becomes invalid. An operation acting on an invalid or unassigned mode index raises an
IndexError
exception. Parameters
num_subsystems (int) – number of modes in the circuit
 Keyword Arguments
cutoff_dim (int) – Hilbert space truncation dimension (for Fock basis backends only)
batch_size (int) – (optional) batchaxis dimension, enables batched operation if > 1 (for the TF backend only)

del_mode
(modes)[source]¶ Delete modes from the circuit.
The deleted modes are traced out. As a result the state may have to be described using a density matrix.
The indices of the deleted modes become invalid for the lifetime of the circuit object. They will never be reassigned to other modes. Deleting a mode that has already been deleted raises an
IndexError
exception. Parameters
modes (Sequence[int]) – mode numbers to delete

displacement
(alpha, mode)[source]¶ Apply the displacement operation to the specified mode.
 Parameters
alpha (complex) – displacement parameter
mode (int) – which mode to apply the displacement to

get_modes
()[source]¶ Return a list of the active modes for the circuit.
A mode is active if it has been created and has not been deleted.
 Returns
sorted list of active (assigned, not invalid) mode indices
 Return type
list[int]

is_vacuum
(tol=0.0, **kwargs)[source]¶ Test whether the current circuit state is vacuum (up to given tolerance).
Returns True iff \(\bra{0} \rho \ket{0} 1 \le\)
tol
, i.e., the fidelity of the current circuit state with the vacuum state is within the given tolerance from 1. Parameters
tol (float) – numerical tolerance
 Returns
True iff current state is vacuum up to tolerance tol
 Return type
bool

loss
(T, mode)[source]¶ Perform a loss channel operation on the specified mode.
 Parameters
T (float) – loss parameter, \(0\leq T\leq 1\).
mode (int) – index of mode where operation is carried out

measure_fock
(modes, shots=1, select=None, **kwargs)[source]¶ Measure the given modes in the Fock basis.
 ..note::
When :code:
shots == 1
, updates the current system state to the conditional state of that measurement result. When :code:shots > 1
, the system state is not updated.
 Parameters
modes (Sequence[int]) – which modes to measure
shots (int) – number of measurement samples to obtain
select (None or Sequence[int]) – If not None: desired values of the measurement results. Enables postselection on specific measurement results instead of random sampling.
len(select) == len(modes)
is required.
 Returns
measurement results
 Return type
tuple[int]

measure_homodyne
(phi, mode, shots=1, select=None, **kwargs)[source]¶ Measure a phase space quadrature of the given mode.
For the measured mode, samples the probability distribution \(f(q) = \bra{q_\phi} \rho \ket{q_\phi}\) and returns the sampled value. Here \(\ket{q_\phi}\) is the eigenstate of the operator
\[\hat{q}_\phi = \sqrt{2/\hbar}(\cos(\phi)\hat{x} +\sin(\phi)\hat{p}) = e^{i\phi} \hat{a} +e^{i\phi} \hat{a}^\dagger.\]Note
This method is \(\hbar\) independent. The returned values can be converted to conventional position/momentum eigenvalues by multiplying them with \(\sqrt{\hbar/2}\).
Updates the current state such that the measured mode is reset to the vacuum state. This is because we cannot represent exact position or momentum eigenstates in any of the backends, and experimentally the photons are destroyed in a homodyne measurement.
 Parameters
phi (float) – phase angle of the quadrature to measure (x: \(\phi=0\), p: \(\phi=\pi/2\))
mode (int) – which mode to measure
shots (int) – number of measurement samples to obtain
select (None or float) – If not None: desired value of the measurement result. Enables postselection on specific measurement results instead of random sampling.
Keyword arguments can be used to pass additional parameters to the backend. Options for such arguments will be documented in the respective subclasses.
 Returns
measured value
 Return type
float

measure_threshold
(modes, shots=1, select=None, **kwargs)[source]¶ Measure the given modes in the thresholded Fock basis, i.e., zero or nonzero photons).
Note
When :code:
shots == 1
, updates the current system state to the conditional state of that measurement result. When :code:shots > 1
, the system state is not updated. Parameters
modes (Sequence[int]) – which modes to measure
shots (int) – number of measurement samples to obtain
select (None or Sequence[int]) – If not None: desired values of the measurement results. Enables postselection on specific measurement results instead of random sampling.
len(select) == len(modes)
is required.
 Returns
measurement results
 Return type
tuple[int]

prepare_coherent_state
(alpha, mode)[source]¶ Prepare a coherent state in the specified mode.
The requested mode is traced out and replaced with the coherent state \(\ket{\alpha}\). As a result the state may have to be described using a density matrix.
 Parameters
alpha (complex) – coherent state displacement parameter
mode (int) – which mode to prepare the coherent state in

prepare_displaced_squeezed_state
(alpha, r, phi, mode)[source]¶ Prepare a displaced squeezed state in the specified mode.
The requested mode is traced out and replaced with the displaced squeezed state state \(\ket{\alpha, z}\), where \(z=re^{i\phi}\). As a result the state may have to be described using a density matrix.
 Parameters
alpha (complex) – displacement parameter
r (float) – squeezing amplitude
phi (float) – squeezing angle
mode (int) – which mode to prepare the squeezed state in

prepare_squeezed_state
(r, phi, mode)[source]¶ Prepare a squeezed vacuum state in the specified mode.
The requested mode is traced out and replaced with the squeezed state \(\ket{z}\), where \(z=re^{i\phi}\). As a result the state may have to be described using a density matrix.
 Parameters
r (float) – squeezing amplitude
phi (float) – squeezing angle
mode (int) – which mode to prepare the squeezed state in

prepare_thermal_state
(nbar, mode)[source]¶ Prepare a thermal state in the specified mode.
The requested mode is traced out and replaced with the thermal state \(\rho(nbar)\). As a result the state may have to be described using a density matrix.
 Parameters
nbar (float) – thermal population (mean photon number) of the mode
mode (int) – which mode to prepare the thermal state in

prepare_vacuum_state
(mode)[source]¶ Prepare the vacuum state in the specified mode.
The requested mode is traced out and replaced with the vacuum state. As a result the state may have to be described using a density matrix.
 Parameters
mode (int) – which mode to prepare the vacuum state in

reset
(pure=True, **kwargs)[source]¶ Reset the circuit so that all the modes are in the vacuum state.
After the reset the circuit is in the same state as it was after the last
begin_circuit()
call. It will have the original number of modes, all initialized in the vacuum state. Some circuit parameters may be changed during the reset, see the keyword args below. Parameters
pure (bool) – if True, initialize the circuit in a pure state representation (will use a mixed state representation if pure is False)
 Keyword Arguments
cutoff_dim (int) – new Hilbert space truncation dimension (for Fock basis backends only)

rotation
(phi, mode)[source]¶ Apply the phasespace rotation operation to the specified mode.
 Parameters
phi (float) – rotation angle
mode (int) – which mode to apply the rotation to

squeeze
(z, mode)[source]¶ Apply the squeezing operation to the specified mode.
 Parameters
z (complex) – squeezing parameter
mode (int) – which mode to apply the squeeze to

state
(modes=None, **kwargs)[source]¶ Returns the state of the quantum simulation.
 Parameters
modes (int or Sequence[int] or None) – Specifies the modes to restrict the return state to. None returns the state containing all the modes. The returned state contains the requested modes in the given order, i.e.,
modes=[3,0]
results in a two mode state being returned with the first mode being subsystem 3 and the second mode being subsystem 0. Returns
state description, specific child class depends on the backend
 Return type

supports
(name)[source]¶ Check whether the backend supports the given operating mode.
Currently supported operating modes are:
“gaussian”: for manipulations in the Gaussian representation using the displacements and covariance matrices
“fock_basis”: for manipulations in the Fock representation
“mixed_states”: for representations where the quantum state is mixed
“batched”: allows for a multiple circuits to be simulated in parallel
 Parameters
name (str) – name of the operating mode which we are checking support for
 Returns
True if this backend supports that operating mode.
 Return type
bool

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