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Quantum Programming 101: Superdense Coding Tutorial

By Macauley Coggins on Apr 20, 2020

What is Superdense coding?

Superdense coding is a quantum communications protocol that allows a user to send 2 classical bits by sending only 1 qubit.

The Protocol

Circuit diagram showing the Superdense coding protocol

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Step 1: Preparing the Bell Pair

First a bell pair consisting of 2 qubits is prepared. Where q0 is the senders qubit and q1 is the receivers qubit. To do this q0 is put in to a superposition of states using a hadamard gate.

Then a CNOT operation is performed with q0 being the control and q1 being the target.

Step 2: Encode The Information On To Q0

Next the sender has to encode the information they want to send on to q0 by applying certain operations to it.

  • If they want to send 00 then they perform no operation.
  • If they want to send 01 then they perform a Pauli-X operation where q1s state is flipped.
  • If they want to send 10 then they apply a Pauli-Z gate.
  • If they want to send 11 then apply a Pauli-Z gate followed by a Pauli-X gate

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Step 3: Receiver Decodes the Information

Next q0 is sent and the receiver has to decode the qubit. This is done by applying a CNOT where the received q0 is the control and q1 is the target. Then a hadamard gate is applied to q0.

How To Run The Program

  1. Copy and paste the code below in to a python file
  2. Enter your API token in the IBMQ.enable_account(‘Insert API token here’) part
  3. Save and run

Code

print('\n Superdense Coding')
print('--------------------------\n')

from qiskit import QuantumRegister, ClassicalRegister, QuantumCircuit, execute,IBMQ

IBMQ.enable_account('INSERT TOKEN HERE')
provider = IBMQ.get_provider(hub='ibm-q')

q = QuantumRegister(2,'q')
c = ClassicalRegister(2,'c')

backend = provider.get_backend('ibmq_qasm_simulator')
print('Provider: ',backend)

#################### 00 ###########################
circuit = QuantumCircuit(q,c) 

circuit.h(q[0]) # Hadamard gate applied to q0
circuit.cx(q[0],q[1]) # CNOT gate applied
circuit.cx(q[0],q[1]) 
circuit.h(q[0])  

circuit.measure(q,c) # Qubits measured    

job = execute(circuit, backend, shots=10)
                               
print('Executing Job...\n')                  
result = job.result()
counts = result.get_counts(circuit)

print('RESULT: ',counts,'\n')

#################### 01 ###########################
circuit = QuantumCircuit(q,c) 

circuit.h(q[0])
circuit.cx(q[0],q[1])
circuit.x(q[0]) # X-gate applied
circuit.cx(q[0],q[1])
circuit.h(q[0])

circuit.measure(q,c)
       
job = execute(circuit, backend, shots=10)
                               
print('Executing Job...\n')                  
result = job.result()
counts = result.get_counts(circuit)

print('RESULT: ',counts,'\n')

#################### 10 ###########################
circuit = QuantumCircuit(q,c) 

circuit.h(q[0])
circuit.cx(q[0],q[1])
circuit.z(q[0]) # Z-gate applied to q0 
circuit.cx(q[0],q[1])
circuit.h(q[0])

circuit.measure(q,c)
      
job = execute(circuit, backend, shots=10)
                               
print('Executing Job...\n')                  
result = job.result()
counts = result.get_counts(circuit)

print('RESULT: ',counts,'\n')

#################### 11 ###########################
circuit = QuantumCircuit(q,c) 

circuit.h(q[0])
circuit.cx(q[0],q[1])
circuit.z(q[0]) # Z-gate applied 
circuit.x(q[0]) # X-gate applied 
circuit.cx(q[0],q[1])
circuit.h(q[0])

circuit.measure(q,c)

job = execute(circuit, backend, shots=10)
                               
print('Executing Job...\n')                  
result = job.result()
counts = result.get_counts(circuit)

print('RESULT: ',counts,'\n')
print('Press any key to close')
input()

Output

After running the code you will see something like the following printed on the screen :

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