Group GKP code[1] 


Group-based quantum code whose construction is based on nested subgroups \(H\subset K \subset G\). Logical subspace is spanned by basis states that are equal superpositions of elements of cosets of \(H\) in \(K\), and can be finite- or infinite-dimensional.

The group GKP code was originally formulated as an extension of the GKP code construction, and has turned out to encompass a wide variety of codes, tabulated in Table I.




Related code

\(n\) qubits



qubit CSS

\(n\) modular qudits



modular-qudit CSS

\(n\) modes

\( \mathbb{R}^n \)

\( \mathbb{R}^m \)

analog stabilizer

\(n\) modes

\( \mathbb{R}^n \)

\( \mathbb{Z}^n \)

multimode GKP

\(n\) modes

\( \mathbb{R}^n \)

\( \mathbb{Z}^{m<n} \)


planar rotor



rotor GKP

rigid body


point group


Table I: Special cases of group GKP codes


Protects against generalized bit-flip errors \(g\in G\) that are inside the fundamental domain of \(G/K\). Protection against phase-flip errors determined by branching rules of irreps of \(G\) into those of \(K\), and further into those of \(H\).

Transversal Gates

Group-GKP codes corresponding to the \(G^{k_1} \subseteq G^{ k_2} \subset G^{n}\) group construction admit \(X\)-type transversal Pauli gates representing \(G\) [2].


Cryptographic applications stemming from the monogamy of entanglement of group GKP code and error words [3].



  • Molecular code
  • Rotor GKP code — Rotor GKP codes correspond to the \(\mathbb{Z}_{k_1} \subseteq \mathbb{Z}_{k_2} \subset U(1)\) group construction, where \(k=k_2/k_1\).
  • Quantum-double code — Quantum-double Hamiltonians can be expressed in terms of \(X\)- and \(Z\)-type operators of group-GKP codes; see [4; Sec. 3.3].
  • Modular-qudit CSS code — An \(n\) modular-qubit CSS code corresponds to the \(\mathbb{Z}_q^{k_1} \subseteq \mathbb{Z}_q^{k_2} \subset \mathbb{Z}_q^{n}\) group construction, where \(k=k_2/k_1\).


  • Calderbank-Shor-Steane (CSS) stabilizer code — Group GKP codes are stabilized by \(X\)-type Pauli matrices representing \(H\) and all \(Z\)-type operators that are constant on \(K\). However, the \(Z\)-type operators are not unitary for non-Abelian groups.
  • Bosonic stabilizer code — The group-GKP construction encompasses all bosonic CSS codes. A single-mode qubit GKP code corresponds to the \(2\mathbb{Z}\subset\mathbb{Z}\subset\mathbb{R}\) group construction, and multimode GKP codes can be similarly described. An \([[n,k,d]]_{\mathbb{R}}\) analog stabilizer code corresponds to the \(\mathbb{R}^{ k_1} \subseteq \mathbb{R}^{ k_2} \subset \mathbb{R}^{n}\) group construction, where \(k=k_2/k_1\). GKP stabilizer codes for \(n\) modes correspond to subgroups \(\mathbb{Z}^m\) for \(m<n\).
  • Cluster-state code — Cluster states can be generalized to finite groups [5].
  • Linear code over \(G\)
  • Generalized 2D color code — Generalized color-code Hamiltonians should be expressable in terms of \(X\)- and \(Z\)-type operators of group-GKP codes; see [4; Sec. 3.3].
  • Covariant code — Group-GKP codes corresponding to the \(G^{k_1} \subseteq G^{k_2} \subset G^{n}\) group construction admit \(X\)-type transversal Pauli gates that represent the group \(G\), and are thus \(G\)-covariant [2].


V. V. Albert, J. P. Covey, and J. Preskill, “Robust Encoding of a Qubit in a Molecule”, Physical Review X 10, (2020) arXiv:1911.00099 DOI
P. Faist et al., “Continuous Symmetries and Approximate Quantum Error Correction”, Physical Review X 10, (2020) arXiv:1902.07714 DOI
E. Culf, T. Vidick, and V. V. Albert, “Group coset monogamy games and an application to device-independent continuous-variable QKD”, (2022) arXiv:2212.03935
V. V. Albert et al., “Spin chains, defects, and quantum wires for the quantum-double edge”, (2021) arXiv:2111.12096
C. G. Brell, “Generalized cluster states based on finite groups”, New Journal of Physics 17, 023029 (2015) arXiv:1408.6237 DOI
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