Collaboration explores quantum computing for semiconductor research

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Quantinuum has announced a global collaboration with materials technology leader JSR Corporation of Japan to explore the application of quantum computing methods in semiconductor research.

The collaboration brings together JSR’s world-leading materials scientists with quantum computing experts at Quantinuum in Japan, Europe, and the USA. The joint team will use the state-of-the-art InQuanto software platform to explore methods using quantum computers to model semiconducting materials, such as metal complexes and transition metal oxides.

These materials are essential to microelectronics. It is hoped that new modelling methods using quantum computers may achieve accurate predictions of their physical properties, which in the future could accelerate the identification of new candidate molecules and materials, and open the way to future microelectronic device paradigms.[1]

Rei Sakuma, principal researcher of the Materials Informatics Initiative of JSR, said: ‘We are delighted to have formed this new collaboration with Quantinuum, which builds on our previous work together. The Quantinuum team continues to lead the quantum computing hardware and software field, complementing our scientists’ deep expertise in materials innovation. Our aspiration is to develop materials that can enrich society and the environment. Quantinuum’s software platform InQuanto is already helping our team to better understand how quantum computing may help us accelerate our path towards that ambitious goal.’

The collaboration will focus on developing quantum algorithms and methods based on dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT). This approach could provide a more accurate understanding of the electronic properties of complex organic and inorganic materials in the real world, such as optical absorption and conductivity, which could pave the way for future progress in the silicon-based information age.

Quantinuum and JSR will use InQuanto to explore new methods to model these complex molecular systems and defect subsystems. The new methods discovered will be incorporated into InQuanto, and will become available for the use of other scientists and researchers using the software platform.

Ilyas Khan, CEO of Quantinuum, said: ‘The work we do with JSR is at the absolute cutting edge of materials science using quantum computers, and we are thrilled to continue our relationship. This work will further develop InQuanto’s functionality, ensuring that new developments will become available to other users. This is the value of such a collaboration: JSR’s scientists know materials science, we know quantum computing, and the scientific community benefits.’

InQuanto was recently launched as a standalone platform and brings together the latest algorithms, methods, and noise mitigation techniques used by molecular and materials scientists and researchers on quantum computers and emulators. It will give JSR’s scientists and researchers a greater understanding of the capabilities of quantum computers in their path towards quantum advantage in computational chemistry.

As a recognised leader in quantum computing, Quantinuum has active collaborations with industrial partners across automotive, chemicals, pharmaceutical and energy. InQuanto is enabled by Quantinuum’s TKET toolkit making it simple for researchers to retarget algorithms from one device or simulator to another.