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A quantum future of materials simulations

Matthias Troyer, Microsoft

Thursday 21 January 2021
Time: 3pm - 4pm
Venue: Zoom Meeting ID: 975 2405 5904
Passcode: TYCHighlig

Contact: Cedric Weber

A quantum future of materials simulations

Considering the exponential computational complexity of accurately simulating quantum systems on classical computers, almost four decades ago Richard Feynman introduced the concept of a quantum computer to simulate quantum systems.  With rapid progress in quantum technology, Feynman's vision is slowly becoming reality and it is timely to think about a future of materials simulations, accelerated by quantum computers.  In this talk I will give an introduction to quantum algorithms for the simulation of materials and molecules.  I will review significant recent progress in the field and present exciting opportunities offered by future quantum computer.  Given a growing hype around quantum computing I will also debunk some myths, to bring clarity around the realistic potential of quantum computing.

Biography: Matthias is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Vice President of the Aspen Center for Physics, a recipient of the Rahman Prize for Computational Physics of the American Physical Society for “for pioneering numerical work in many seemingly intractable areas of quantum many body physics and for providing efficient sophisticated computer codes to the community” and of the Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics.

After receiving his PhD in 1994 from ETH Zurich in Switzerland he spent time as postdoc at the University of Tokyo before returning to ETH Zurich. There he has been professor of Computational Physics until  joining Microsoft’s quantum computing program at the beginning of 2017.

He works on a variety of topics in quantum computing, from the simulation of materials and quantum devices to quantum software, algorithms and applications of future quantum computers. His broader research interests span from high performance computing and quantum computing to the simulations of quantum devices and island ecosystems.


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