Searching for valuable applications of fault-tolerant quantum computers in chemistry

Ryan Babbush
Quantum AI

The ultimate dream of quantum computing, and the plan of record for many industrial efforts, is to build a fault-tolerant quantum computer. Such a device would be scientifically fascinating, but what valuable and classically intractable applications would it actually enable? This talk will survey work that the quantum algorithms team at Google has done to answer this question as it pertains to chemistry by developing, compiling, and benchmarking the most promising applications of quantum computers in chemistry and materials science. The talk will touch on algorithm development and the feasibility of applications in electronic structure, quantum dynamics, warm dense matter and simulating certain classical models of molecular vibrations.

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