Companies to explore quantum computing for semiconductor research

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Quantinuum has announced that it is to conduct joint research with JSR Corporation, a specialist in materials innovation.

The collaboration will include the use of Quantinuum’s Model H1 hardware, its computational quantum chemistry software platform, to model complex organic and inorganic semiconductor materials.

Quantinuum, a quantum computing company, said that the collaboration would bring together JSR’s materials scientists with its quantum computing experts based in Japan, Europe, and the USA. The joint team will explore methods using quantum computers to model semiconducting materials, such as metal complexes and transition metal oxides.

These materials are essential to microelectronics and 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 devices.

Commenting Rei Sakuma, principal researcher of the Materials Informatics Initiative of JSR, said: “The Quantinuum team continues to lead the field in quantum computing hardware and software, 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 gain a greater understanding of how quantum computing may help us accelerate our path towards that ambitious goal.”

One focus of the collaboration will be 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 then become available for the use by 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, making sure that new developments will become available to other users in the future. 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.

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.