Scientists Take an Important Step Toward Using Quantum Computers to Advance Materials Science

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May 8, 2023 | Originally published by Ames National Laboratory on April 28, 2023

A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames National Laboratory demonstrated a way to advance the role of quantum computing in materials research with an adaptive algorithm for simulating materials. Quantum computers have potential capabilities far beyond today’s computers, and using an adaptive algorithm allows them to produce solutions quickly and accurately.

Quantum computers have a completely different way of computing than the computers we use today. They are built of quantum bits, or qubits, which can encode much more information than the bits in today’s computers. These unique capabilities allow quantum computers to make calculations beyond what is currently possible with classical computers.