Multi-channel information operations on quantum images

Bo Sun, Fei Yan, Jesus A.Garcia Sanchez, Fangyan Dong, Awad Kh Al-Asmari, Kaoru Hirota

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Quantum circuits to realize color operations of channel of interest, channel swapping, and alpha blending on images are proposed using five kinds of quantum gates, i.e., NOT, CNOT, Toffoli, Rotation, and Controlled Rotation gates. Complexities of the proposed circuits are for an N-sized image, whereas the color information must be transformed pixel by pixel in the case of operators on classical computers. Simulations on the proposed three quantum color operations using three human facial and one Japanese style house images demonstrate that at most 9, 3, and 5 basic quantum gates are requested, that shows the feasibility of quantum circuits. Based on proposed three operations, all invertible classical color information transformation on imagesmay be designed and many applications can be realized on quantum computer, and the channel of interest based watermarking is being researched which the experiment results show that from the point of PSNR, our proposal is about 10 dB better than the chosen method of quantum image watermarking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-149
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Advanced Computational Intelligence and Intelligent Informatics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • Alpha blending
  • Color transformation
  • Image processing
  • Quantum computation
  • Quantum image


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