Genetic braid optimization: A heuristic approach to compute quasiparticle braids Academic Article uri icon


  • In topologically protected quantum computation, quantum gates can be carried out by adiabatically braiding two-dimensional quasiparticles, reminiscent of entangled world lines. Bonesteel, as well as Leijnse and Flensberg, recently provided schemes for computing quantum gates from quasiparticle braids. Mathematically, the problem of executing a gate becomes that of finding a product of the generators (matrices) in that set that approximates the gate best, up to an error. To date, efficient methods to compute these gates only strive to optimize for accuracy. We explore the possibility of using a generic approach applicable to a variety of braiding problems based on evolutionary (genetic) algorithms. The method efficiently finds optimal braids while allowing the user to optimize for the relative utilities of accuracy and/or length. Furthermore, when optimizing for error only, the method can quickly produce efficient braids. © 2013 American Physical Society.

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author list (cited authors)

  • McDonald, R. B., & Katzgraber, H. G.

citation count

  • 4

publication date

  • February 2013