In a quantum leap towards unlocking the untapped potential of quantum computers, Phasecraft, a cutting-edge UK startup, has unveiled a groundbreaking new quantum algorithm set to reshape the landscape of material science. With the promise of revealing new materials and their properties, this algorithm brings us one step closer to harnessing the transformative power of quantum computing in energy, manufacturing, and medicine.
Quantum computers, renowned for their ability to simulate complex quantum systems, have long held the key to revolutionizing material science. Despite the current challenges in scaling and stabilizing these quantum marvels, Phasecraft has emerged with a game-changing solution. Their latest algorithm seamlessly integrates classical mapping techniques with quantum simulations, placing material simulations on near-term quantum computers tantalizingly within reach.
Toby Cubitt, Phasecraft’s CTO and chief scientist, emphasized the algorithm’s monumental impact in a recent interview with VentureBeat, stating, “The improvements we’ve made in circuit depths with our latest algorithms fundamentally shift the landscape and timeline of materials simulation on quantum computers.” Cubitt’s last name seems almost destined for quantum computing, adding a touch of serendipity to the groundbreaking announcement.
The term “near-term quantum computers” refers to systems expected to be operational in the short term, despite their limited qubits and operational constraints. Phasecraft’s innovative approach overcomes these limitations by combining classical mapping methods with avant-garde quantum techniques, creating a two-stage process. The first stage optimizes representations of materials on classical computers, while the second generates world-leading quantum circuits for simulating material behavior.
According to their team on what was once deemed beyond the reach of near-term quantum computers is now beginning to be within striking distance. While their team has taken an important step towards the promise of modeling and designing novel materials using quantum computing.
In conjunction with the release of their groundbreaking algorithm, Phasecraft has launched the Materials Modeling Quantum Complexity Database. This revolutionary database, featuring quantum circuit complexity for over 40 materials, marks a pivotal moment in bridging the gap between quantum computing theory and practical application.
Ashley Montanaro, Phasecraft’s team has explained that the database is the result of years of research, representing the remarkable progress made in bringing materials modeling on quantum computers closer to reality. Supported by grants from Innovate UK, the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC), and collaboration with the Scientific Computing Department at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Phasecraft has positioned itself at the forefront of quantum innovation since its founding back in 2019 by Cubitt, Montanaro, and John Morton.
In this quantum age, Phasecraft’s revolutionary algorithm and database promise to reshape the future of material science, offering a glimpse into the limitless possibilities that near-term quantum computers can unlock.