PennyLane-AQT Plugin Released

Hi everyone! We just released a shiny new plugin to complement the growing library of devices in PennyLane. :tada: :fireworks:

We’re very happy to be working together with Alpine Quantum Technologies (AQT) to bring you this plugin featuring access to their ion-trap quantum computing cloud platform.

New PennyLane devices :video_game:

Two new devices are added via the PennyLane-AQT plugin:

  • aqt.sim: an ideal noiseless ion-trap simulator

  • aqt.noisy_sim: a noisy ion-trap simulator

Remote backend access is supported for users with access credentials for the AQT platform.

Run noisy and noiseless simulations :chart_with_upwards_trend:

Using the two mentioned devices you can run simulations on AQT’s ion-trap simulators, supporting two gates specific to AQT’s ion-trap API: the two-parameter rotation gate R(wires) and the Mølmer-Sørenson gate MS(wires).

Code example
import pennylane as qml
from pennylane_aqt import ops

# change “aqt.sim” to “aqt.noisy_sim for noisy simulations
dev = qml.device("aqt.sim", wires=2)

def circuit(w, x, y, z):
    qml.RX(w, wires=0)
    ops.R(x, y, wires=1)
    ops.MS(z, wires=[0,1])
    return qml.expval(qml.PauliZ(0))

For more information check out the plugin documentation page at or AQT’s tutorial at, where you can also get more information regarding gaining access to specific hardware devices.

AQT’s announcement of the PennyLane-AQT plugin can be found at