By default, qubits will be initialized in the ground state in the z-basis at the start of the algorithm. Initialization in this state can be done specifically using the
Initialization can also be done along other bases. cQASM defines three prepare statements:
Depending on the hardware backend, preparation in a basis other than the z-basis may actually expand to an initialization in the z-basis followed by a rotation to obtain one of the basis states in the desired base.
Each qubit in the qubit register has a corresponding classical bit in a classical register, known as the binary register. The mapping is simple: the qubit with index 0 has a corresponding classical bit with index 0. Qubit 1 corresponds to bit 1. In general, the qubit at index corresponds to the classical bit with index .
The result of a measurement on a single qubit is 0 or 1. The measurement instructions store the result of measuring a qubit in the corresponding classical bit register.
As an example, let’s look at this simple cQASM program:
version 1.0 qubits 2 prep_z q X q measure_z q
The measurement taken at line 5 will measure the qubit at index 0 in the z-basis, and store the result (a classical 0 or 1) in the classical register at index 0.
The most used measurement is in the z-basis, which can be expressed in cQASM as
measure_z or just
measure. The full list of measurement instructions is:
measure- an alias for
measure_z- measure in the z-basis
measure_y- measure in the y-basis
measure_x- measure in the x-basis
measure_all- measure all qubits in the z-basis
measure_parity- parity measurement
Note that only one binary register is used. When a qubit is measured multiple times during an algorithm, the corresponding bit in the binary register will be overwritten by the new measurement result, even when a measurement is done in a basis different than the basis used for an earlier measurement. Measurement results of qubit q[n] will always be stored in binary register b[n].