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Quantum Institute : 2016 Quantum Lunch Seminar Schedule


  • Coordinator
    Sebastian Deffner
  • Quantum Lunch Location:
    T-Division Conference Room, TA-3,
    Building 123, Room 121

Quantum Institute: Visitor Schedule

The Quantum Lunch is regularly held on Thursdays in the Theoretical Division Conference Room, TA-3, Building 123, Room 121.

The organizing committee includes Malcolm Boshier (P-21), Diego Dalvit (T-4), Michael Di Rosa (C-PCS), Sebastian Deffner (T-4 & CNLS), Changhyun Ryu (P-21) , Nikolai Sinitsyn (T-4), Rolando Somma (T-4), Christopher Ticknor (T-1), and Wojciech Zurek (T-4).

For more information, or to nominate a speaker, contact Sebastian Deffner.

To add your name to the Quantum Lunch email list, contact Kacy Hopwood.

Wednesday August 3, 2016
2:00PM - 3:00PM

CNLS Conference Room (TA-03, Bldg 1690)

Speaker: Jarrod McClean (LBNL)

Technical Host: Rolando Somma

TOPIC: Hybrid quantum-classical computation for chemistry and materials

Quantum computers promise to dramatically advance our understanding of new materials and novel chemistry. Unfortunately, many proposed algorithms have resource requirements not yet suitable for near-term quantum devices. In this talk I will focus on the application of quantum computers to hard problems in the application area of chemistry and materials, and discuss the challenges and opportunities related to current algorithms. One particular method of interest to overcome quantum resource requirements is the variational quantum eigensolver (VQE), a recently proposed hybrid quantum-classical method for solving eigenvalue problems and more generic optimizations on a quantum device leveraging classical resources to minimize coherence time requirements. I will briefly review the original VQE approach and introduce a simple extension requiring no additional coherence time to approximate excited states. Moreover, we show that this approach offers a new avenue towards mitigation of decoherence in quantum simulation requiring no additional coherence time beyond the original algorithm and utilizing no formal error correction codes.

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