# Binomial code[1]

## Description

Bosonic rotation codes designed to approximately protect against errors consisting of powers of raising and lowering operators up to some maximum power. Binomial codes can be thought of as spin-coherent states embedded into an oscillator [2].

A simple example of a binomial code is the "0-2-4" qubit code with codewords \begin{align} \begin{split} |\overline{0}\rangle&=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\left(|0\rangle+|4\rangle\right)\\ |\overline{1}\rangle&=|2\rangle~, \end{split} \tag*{(1)}\end{align} constructed out of binomial states [3].

General \(q\)-dimensional qudit \((N, S)\) binomial codeword states are \(\{|\overline{i}\rangle\mid i\in \mathbb Z_q \}\), where \begin{align} |\overline{i}\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{q^N}} \sum_{\substack{p=0\\p\equiv i \pmod{q}}}^{(q-1)(N+1)} \sqrt{\binom{N+1}{p}_q} \ket{p(S+1)}. \tag*{(2)}\end{align} The set \( \ket{i} \mid i \in \mathbb{N}\) is the set of Fock states. Also, \(\binom{N+1}{p}_q\) are extended binomial coefficients, or polynomial coeffiients, defined recursively as \begin{align} \binom{n}{m}_1 \equiv 1,\quad \binom{n}{m}_q \equiv \sum_{k=0}^n \binom{n}{k}\binom{k}{m-k}_{q-1}. \tag*{(3)}\end{align} The extended binomial coefficients \( \binom{n}{m}_q \) are also the coefficients of \( x^m \) in the polynomial \( (1 + x + \cdots + x^{q-1})^n \).

## Protection

## Gates

## Decoding

## Realizations

## Notes

## Parent

- Bosonic rotation code — One can verify by direct calculation that the logical states are eigenstates of the discrete rotation operator. One has freedom in the exact form of the primitive state to choose; see Appendix B.2 of Ref. [13].

## Cousins

- Cat code — For a fixed \(S\), binomial codes with \(N \to \infty\) coincide with cat codes as \(\alpha \to \infty\) [1].
- Number-phase code — In the limit as \(N,S \to \infty\), phase measurement in the binomial code has vanishing variance, just like in a number-phase code [13].
- Two-mode binomial code
- Chebyshev code — Chebyshev codes resemble binomial codes, and a class of binomial codes have similar error-correcting properties [14].
- \([[4,2,2]]\) CSS code — \([[4,1,2]]\) subcode consisting of \(\{|\overline{00}\rangle\) and any other codeword reduces to the \(0,2,4\) binomial code when the basis labels in each codeword are written as in base-ten. Such a mapping can be generalized [15].
- Æ code — Many well-performing Æ codes can be mapped into shifted versions of binomial codes via the Holstein-Primakoff mapping.
- GNU permutation-invariant code — Binomial codes and GNU codes related via the Holstein-Primakoff mapping [16] (see also [17]). A qudit generalization of GNU codes can be obtained from qudit binomial codes [2; Appx. C].

## References

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- D. Stoler, B. E. A. Saleh, and M. C. Teich, “Binomial States of the Quantized Radiation Field”, Optica Acta: International Journal of Optics 32, 345 (1985) DOI
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- Linshu Li, private communication, 2018
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- T. Holstein and H. Primakoff, “Field Dependence of the Intrinsic Domain Magnetization of a Ferromagnet”, Physical Review 58, 1098 (1940) DOI
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“Binomial code”, The Error Correction Zoo (V. V. Albert & P. Faist, eds.), 2022. https://errorcorrectionzoo.org/c/binomial