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Integrating Quantum Computers in Condensed Matter Physics Simulations

National Physical Laboratory, 23rd-24th September 2021

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Quantum computers open a new paradigm for potentially exponential improvement in computational speed for certain tasks when compared to classical computers. Noisy intermediate scale quantum (NISQ) computers are already available, and larger and noiseless quantum computers are expected within the next 10 years. This has sparked a large interest for quantum computing applications for condensed matter physics. The field of quantum physics calculations on quantum computers (QC) is less than 15 years old, yet it has experienced explosive growth in the last couple of years with thousands of new publications a year. This mini-colloquium will bring together experts from the quantum computing community with experts in condensed matter to give an overview of the field and of current developments, and to generate ideas for further quantum computing applications within condensed matter physics.

Invited speakers


Workshop is free of charge but registration is required. Please register here

Deadline for registration for contributed talks is 31st of August 2021

Workshop Programme

Date Activity Speaker
September 23: Session 1 Chair François Jamet
13:00 - 13:30 Overview invited lecture Prof Viv Kendon
13:30 - 14:10 The road beyond classical Abstract Dr Tom O’Brien
14:15 - 14:35 Quantum simulations of spin-defects in semiconductors Dr Marco Govoni Argone National Laboratory, USA
14:35 - 14:55 Coffee
14:55 - 15:40 Panel Discussion Chair Viv Kendon
Emanuel Gull
Tom O’Brien
Panagiotis Barkoutsos
Ash Vadgama
Session 2 Chair Martin Kiffner
15:40 - 16:25 Quantum Embedding for Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium Systems – an Overview Prof Emanuel Gull
16:25 - 16:45 NQCC - A Facility for Productive Quantum Science & Collaboration Dr Ash Vadgama
16:45 - 17:05 Quantum Computation for Predicting Electron and Phonon Properties of Solids Dr Kamal Choudhary NIST, USA
17:05 - 17:30 Flash talks - 5 minutes each Chair Alin Elena
Abhishek Agarwal, NPL
Andrew Jackson, University of Warwick
Bo Peng, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Andrea Droghetti, Trinity College Dublin
Martin Friak, Institute of Physics of Materials, Czech Academy of Sciences
18:30 - Social event Kings Head, see below for address
September 24: Session 3 Chair François Jamet
9:00 - 9:45 Hybrid Quantum Classical approaches for fermionic problem Abstract Dr Panagiotis Barkoutsos
9:45 - 10:05 Quantum device design and distributed computation via efficient evolutionary algorithm Prof Irene D’Amico University of York
10:05 - 10:25 Multiscale quantum computing for strongly correlated materials Dr George Booth - King’s College London
10:25 - 10:40 Coffee
Session 4 Nicole Holzmann - Riverlane
10:40 - 11:25 Spin-based quantum computing in semiconductor quantum dots Abstract - Prof Mónica Benito
11:25 - 11:45 Quantum Advantage for Condensed Matter Simulations in Analogue Quantum Simulators Dr Stuart Flannigan - University of Strathclyde
11:45 - 12:05 Quantum hardware calculations of periodic systems: iron crystals Dr Kentaro Yamamoto - Cambridge Quantum Computing Ltd.



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Social: Kings Head

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Organising Committee