6 March 2019
One of the most promising applications of quantum computing is solving classically intractable chemistry problems - potentially enabling the design of new materials, medicines, catalysts, and high temperature superconductors. In this talk, Sam McArdle will describe how quantum computers, including the devices currently available, can be used to tackle problems in chemistry. Sam will focus on how chemistry problems can be mapped onto a quantum computer, the quantum algorithms that can be used to solve them, and his recent work on making these algorithms more tractable for near-term quantum computers. He will conclude with an outlook for this nascent field.