Source code for pennylane.ops.functions.generator

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This module contains the qml.generator function.
# pylint: disable=protected-access
import inspect
import warnings

import numpy as np

import pennylane as qml
from pennylane.ops import Hamiltonian, SProd, Sum

def _generator_hamiltonian(gen, op):
    """Return the generator as type :class:`~.Hamiltonian`."""
    wires = op.wires

    if isinstance(gen, qml.Hamiltonian):
        H = gen

    elif isinstance(gen, (qml.Hermitian, qml.SparseHamiltonian)):
        if isinstance(gen, qml.Hermitian):
            mat = gen.parameters[0]

        elif isinstance(gen, qml.SparseHamiltonian):
            mat = gen.parameters[0].toarray()

        H = qml.pauli_decompose(mat, wire_order=wires, hide_identity=True)

    elif isinstance(gen, qml.operation.Observable):
        H = 1.0 * gen

    return H

def _generator_prefactor(gen):
    r"""Return the generator as ```(obs, prefactor)`` representing
    :math:`G=p \hat{O}`, where

    - prefactor :math:`p` is a float
    - observable `\hat{O}` is one of :class:`~.Hermitian`,
      :class:`~.SparseHamiltonian`, or a tensor product
      of Pauli words.

    prefactor = 1.0

    if isinstance(gen, Hamiltonian):
        gen =, gen.ops)  # convert to Sum

    if isinstance(gen, Sum):
        ops = [o.base if isinstance(o, SProd) else o for o in gen]
        coeffs = [o.scalar if isinstance(o, SProd) else 1 for o in gen]
        abs_coeffs = list(qml.math.abs(coeffs))
        if qml.math.allequal(coeffs[0], coeffs):
            # case where the Hamiltonian coefficients are all the same
            return qml.sum(*ops), coeffs[0]
        if qml.math.allequal(abs_coeffs[0], abs_coeffs):
            # absolute value of coefficients is the same
            prefactor = abs_coeffs[0]
            coeffs = [c / prefactor for c in coeffs]
            return, ops), prefactor
    elif isinstance(gen, SProd):
        return gen.base, gen.scalar

    return gen, prefactor

def _generator_backcompatibility(op):
    r"""Preserve backwards compatibility behaviour for PennyLane
    versions <=0.22, where generators returned List[type or ndarray, float].
    This function raises a deprecation warning, and converts to the new
    format where an instantiated Operator is returned."""
        "The Operator.generator property is deprecated. Please update the operator so that "
        "\n\t1. Operator.generator() is a method, and"
        "\n\t2. Operator.generator() returns an Operator instance representing the operator.",
    gen = op.generator

    if inspect.isclass(gen[0]):
        return gen[1] * gen[0](wires=op.wires)

    if isinstance(gen[0], np.ndarray) and len(gen[0].shape) == 2:
        return gen[1] * qml.Hermitian(gen[0], wires=op.wires)

    raise qml.operation.GeneratorUndefinedError

[docs]def generator(op: qml.operation.Operator, format="prefactor"): r"""Returns the generator of an operation. Args: op (.Operator or Callable): A single operator, or a function that applies a single quantum operation. format (str): The format to return the generator in. Must be one of ``'prefactor'``, ``'observable'``, or ``'hamiltonian'``. See below for more details. Returns: .Operator or tuple[.Observable, float]: The returned generator, with format/type dependent on the ``format`` argument. * ``"prefactor"``: Return the generator as ``(obs, prefactor)`` (representing :math:`G=p \hat{O}`), where: - observable :math:`\hat{O}` is one of :class:`~.Hermitian`, :class:`~.SparseHamiltonian`, or a tensor product of Pauli words. - prefactor :math:`p` is a float. * ``"observable"``: Return the generator as a single observable as directly defined by ``op``. Returned generators may be any type of observable, including :class:`~.Hermitian`, :class:`~.Tensor`, :class:`~.SparseHamiltonian`, or :class:`~.Hamiltonian`. * ``"hamiltonian"``: Similar to ``"observable"``, however the returned observable will always be converted into :class:`~.Hamiltonian` regardless of how ``op`` encodes the generator. * ``"arithmetic"``: Similar to ``"hamiltonian"``, however the returned observable will always be converted into an arithmetic operator. The returned generator may be any type, including: :class:`~.ops.op_math.SProd`, :class:`~.ops.op_math.Prod`, :class:`~.ops.op_math.Sum`, or the operator itself. **Example** Given an operation, ``qml.generator`` returns the generator representation: >>> op = qml.CRX(0.6, wires=[0, 1]) >>> qml.generator(op) (Projector([1], wires=[0]) @ PauliX(wires=[1]), -0.5) It can also be used in a functional form: >>> qml.generator(qml.CRX)(0.6, wires=[0, 1]) (Projector([1], wires=[0]) @ PauliX(wires=[1]), -0.5) By default, ``generator`` will return the generator in the format of ``(obs, prefactor)``, corresponding to :math:`G=p \hat{O}`, where the observable :math:`\hat{O}` will always be given in tensor product form, or as a dense/sparse matrix. By using the ``format`` argument, the returned generator representation can be altered: >>> op = qml.RX(0.2, wires=0) >>> qml.generator(op, format="prefactor") # output will always be (obs, prefactor) (PauliX(wires=[0]), -0.5) >>> qml.generator(op, format="hamiltonian") # output will always be a Hamiltonian <Hamiltonian: terms=1, wires=[0]> >>> qml.generator(qml.PhaseShift(0.1, wires=0), format="observable") # ouput will be a simplified obs where possible Projector([1], wires=[0]) >>> qml.generator(op, format="arithmetic") # output is an instance of `SProd` -0.5*(PauliX(wires=[0])) """ def processing_fn(*args, **kwargs): if callable(op): with qml.queuing.QueuingManager.stop_recording(): gen_op = op(*args, **kwargs) else: gen_op = op if gen_op.num_params != 1: raise ValueError( f"Operation {} is not written in terms of a single parameter" ) try: gen = gen_op.generator() except TypeError: # For backwards compatibility with PennyLane # versions <=0.22, assume gen_op.generator is a property gen = _generator_backcompatibility(gen_op) if not gen.is_hermitian: raise qml.QuantumFunctionError( f"Generator {} of operation {} is not hermitian" ) if format == "prefactor": return _generator_prefactor(gen) if format == "hamiltonian": return _generator_hamiltonian(gen, gen_op) if format == "arithmetic": h = _generator_hamiltonian(gen, gen_op) return, h.ops) if format == "observable": return gen raise ValueError( "format must be one of ('prefactor', 'hamiltonian', 'observable', 'arithmetic')" ) if callable(op): return processing_fn return processing_fn()