On subsystem codes beating the quantum Hamming or Singleton bound Academic Article uri icon


  • Subsystem codes are a generalization of noiseless subsystems, decoherence-free subspaces and stabilizer codes. We generalize the quantum Singleton bound to Fq-linear subsystem codes. It follows that no subsystem code over a prime field can beat the quantum Singleton bound. On the other hand, we show the remarkable fact that there exist impure subsystem codes beating the quantum Hamming bound. A number of open problems concern the comparison in the performance of stabilizer and subsystem codes. One of the open problems suggested by Poulin's work asks whether a subsystem code can use fewer syndrome measurements than an optimal Fq-linear maximum distance separable stabilizer code while encoding the same number of qudits and having the same distance. We prove that linear subsystem codes cannot offer such an improvement under complete decoding. © 2007 The Royal Society.

author list (cited authors)

  • Klappenecker, A., & Sarvepalli, P. K.

citation count

  • 8

publication date

  • August 2007