Impressive advances in quantum technologies have enabled construction of prototypical quantum computers with tens of qubits, enabling small scale implementation of quantum algorithms. Realizing the full promise of quantum computation however, in particular its potential to surpass the capabilities of classical computation, requires overcoming substantial challenges in control and protection of qubits. For applications in the physical sciences, it is also essential to analyze how quantum algorithms can be most effectively applied to the complex computations and simulations of interest in physics and chemistry. I shall address advances in active and passive control of qubits, then show current efforts to realize electronic structure calculations with near term quantum computers, discussing the challenges in each case.
Speaker: Birgitta Whaley, UC Berkeley
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