Prof. Nick Mayhall, along with a team made up of graduate student Harper Grimsley (Mayhall group) and VT Physics faculty members Profs. Sophia Economou and Edwin Barnes, has published a paper in Nature Communications presenting a new, adaptive algorithm that processes molecular simulations faster and with greater accuracy. The algorithm, instead of pre-selecting an ansatz as current algorithms do, adapts and responds to the molecule being simulated to generate an ansatz. This allows the algorithm and therefore the simulation to achieve greater accuracy, particularly in terms of circuit depth. This new algorithm has the potential to make quantum computers useful faster and allow larger molecule simulations to be solved significantly earlier.

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