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CHSH Inequality
BackgroundRequirementsSetupStep 1: Map classical inputs to a quantum problemCreate a parameterized CHSH circuitCreate a list of phase values to be assigned laterObservablesStep 2: Optimize problem for quantum executionISA CircuitISA ObservablesStep 3: Execute using Qiskit primitivesStep 4: Post-process, return result in classical format

CHSH Inequality

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In this tutorial, you will run an experiment on a quantum computer to demonstrate the violation of the CHSH inequality with the Estimator primitive.

The CHSH inequality, named after the authors Clauser, Horne, Shimony, and Holt, is used to experimentally prove Bell's theorem (1969). This theorem asserts that local hidden variable theories cannot account for some consequences of entanglement in quantum mechanics. The violation of the CHSH inequality is used to show that quantum mechanics is incompatible with local hidden-variable theories. This is an important experiment for understanding the foundation of quantum mechanics.

The 2022 Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to Alain Aspect, John Clauser and Anton Zeilinger in part for their pioneering work in quantum information science, and in particular, for their experiments with entangled photons demonstrating violation of Bell’s inequalities.

For this experiment, we will create an entangled pair on which we measure each qubit on two different bases. We will label the bases for the first qubit AA and aa and the bases for the second qubit BB and bb. This allows us to compute the CHSH quantity S1S_1:

S1=A(B−b)+a(B+b).S_1 = A(B-b) + a(B+b).

Each observable is either +1+1 or −1-1. Clearly, one of the terms B±bB\pm b must be 00, and the other must be ±2\pm 2. Therefore, S1=±2S_1 = \pm 2. The average value of S1S_1 must satisfy the inequality:

∣⟨S1⟩∣≤2.|\langle S_1 \rangle|\leq 2.

Expanding S1S_1 in terms of AA, aa, BB, and bb results in:

∣⟨S1⟩∣=∣⟨AB⟩−⟨Ab⟩+⟨aB⟩+⟨ab⟩∣≤2|\langle S_1 \rangle| = |\langle AB \rangle - \langle Ab \rangle + \langle aB \rangle + \langle ab \rangle| \leq 2

You can define another CHSH quantity S2S_2:

S2=A(B+b)−a(B−b),S_2 = A(B+b) - a(B-b),

This leads to another inequality:

∣⟨S2⟩∣=∣⟨AB⟩+⟨Ab⟩−⟨aB⟩+⟨ab⟩∣≤2|\langle S_2 \rangle| = |\langle AB \rangle + \langle Ab \rangle - \langle aB \rangle + \langle ab \rangle| \leq 2

If quantum mechanics can be described by local hidden variable theories, the previous inequalities must hold true. However, as is demonstrated in this notebook, these inequalities can be violated in a quantum computer. Therefore, quantum mechanics is not compatible with local hidden variable theories.

If you want to learn more theory, explore Entanglement in Action with John Watrous.

You will create an entangled pair between two qubits in a quantum computer by creating the Bell state ∣Φ+⟩=∣00⟩+∣11⟩2|\Phi^+\rangle = \frac{|00\rangle + |11\rangle}{\sqrt{2}}. Using the Estimator primitive, you can directly obtain the expectation values needed (⟨AB⟩,⟨Ab⟩,⟨aB⟩\langle AB \rangle, \langle Ab \rangle, \langle aB \rangle, and ⟨ab⟩\langle ab \rangle) to calculate the expectation values of the two CHSH quantities ⟨S1⟩\langle S_1\rangle and ⟨S2⟩\langle S_2\rangle. Before the introduction of the Estimator primitive, you would have to construct the expectation values from the measurement outcomes.

You will measure the second qubit in the ZZ and XX bases. The first qubit will be measured also in orthogonal bases, but with an angle with respect to the second qubit, which we are going to sweep between 00 and 2π2\pi. As you will see, the Estimator primitive makes running parameterized circuits very easy. Rather than creating a series of CHSH circuits, you only need to create one CHSH circuit with a parameter specifying the measurement angle and a series of phase values for the parameter.

Finally, you will analyze the results and plot them against the measurement angle. You will see that for certain range of measurement angles, the expectation values of CHSH quantities ∣⟨S1⟩∣>2|\langle S_1\rangle| > 2 or ∣⟨S2⟩∣>2|\langle S_2\rangle| > 2, which demonstrates the violation of the CHSH inequality.

Requirements

Before starting this tutorial, ensure that you have the following installed:

  • Qiskit SDK 1.0 or later
  • Qiskit Runtime (pip install qiskit-ibm-runtime) 0.22 or later
  • Visualization support ('qiskit[visualization]')

Setup

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'ibm_osaka'

Step 1: Map classical inputs to a quantum problem

Create a parameterized CHSH circuit

First, we write the circuit with the parameter θ\theta, which we call theta. The Estimator primitive can enormously simplify circuit building and output analysis by directly providing expectation values of observables. Many problems of interest, especially for near-term applications on noisy systems, can be formulated in terms of expectation values. Estimator (V2) primitive can automatically change measurement basis based on the supplied observable.

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Create a list of phase values to be assigned later

After creating the parameterized CHSH circuit, you will create a list of phase values to be assigned to the circuit in the next step. You can use the following code to create a list of 21 phase values range from 00 to 2π2 \pi with equal spacing, that is, 00, 0.1π0.1 \pi, 0.2π0.2 \pi, ..., 1.9π1.9 \pi, 2π2 \pi.

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Observables

Now we need observables from which to compute the expectation values. In our case we are looking at orthogonal bases for each qubit, letting the parameterized Y−Y- rotation for the first qubit sweep the measurement basis nearly continuously with respect to the second qubit basis. We will therefore choose the observables ZZZZ, ZXZX, XZXZ, and XXXX.

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Step 2: Optimize problem for quantum execution

To reduce the total job execution time, V2 primitives only accept circuits and observables that conforms to the instructions and connectivity supported by the target system (referred to as instruction set architecture (ISA) circuits and observables).

ISA Circuit

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ISA Observables

Similarly, we need to transform the observables to make it backend compatible before running jobs with Runtime Estimator V2. We can perform the transformation using the apply_layout the method of SparsePauliOp object.

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Step 3: Execute using Qiskit primitives

In order to execute the entire experiment in one call to the Estimator.

We can create a Qiskit Runtime Estimator primitive to compute our expectation values. The EstimatorV2.run() method takes an iterable of primitive unified blocs (PUBs). Each PUB is an iterable in the format (circuit, observables, parameter_values: Optional, precision: Optional).

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Step 4: Post-process, return result in classical format

The estimator returns expectation values for both of the observables, ⟨ZZ⟩−⟨ZX⟩+⟨XZ⟩+⟨XX⟩\langle ZZ \rangle - \langle ZX \rangle + \langle XZ \rangle + \langle XX \rangle and ⟨ZZ⟩+⟨ZX⟩−⟨XZ⟩+⟨XX⟩\langle ZZ \rangle + \langle ZX \rangle - \langle XZ \rangle + \langle XX \rangle.

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In the figure, the lines and gray areas delimit the bounds; the outer-most (dash-dotted) lines delimit the quantum-bounds (±2\pm 2), whereas the inner (dashed) lines delimit the classical bounds (±22\pm 2\sqrt{2}). You can see that there are regions where the CHSH witness quantities exceeds the classical bounds. Congratulations! You have successfully demonstrated the violation of CHSH inequality in a real quantum system!

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'0.21.1'
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'1.0.1'