The TASQ minisymposium in October will take place on Friday October 30, 2020. It will be hold electronically via the zoom platform.
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Towards quantum chemistry on quantum computers.
Strong-field Fourier-transform spectra of H2O+ and D2O+.
Quantum computers have a potential to change the way computational chemistry is done. As was shown in the seminal work by Aspuru-Guzik et. al. , quantum computers, if available, would be able to perform the full configuration interaction (FCI) energy calculations with only a polynomial scaling, in contrast to conventional computers where FCI scales exponentially. Of course, experimental realization of large enough quantum computers is an extremely difficult task and presently there are severe limitations on number of qubits, their connectivity, number of realizable gates and their fidelity, noise and decoherence. Nevertheless, practically useful quantum simulations in chemistry would require 1-2 orders of magnitude less qubits and gates than useful cryptographic applications, so they are a prime candidate for the emerging quantum hardware in the near future.
This lecture will summarize our work in the field of interconnection of quantum chemistry and quantum computing . Improved version of the quantum full configuration interaction (QFCI) method, which uses the iterative phase estimation algorithm and its application to non-relativistic  as well as relativistic  configuration interaction (CI) energy calculations will be presented.
As far as non-relativistic CI calculations are concerned, simulations (on a conventional computer) of QFCI calculations of the four lowest lying electronic states of methylene molecule (CH2), which exhibit a multireference character were performed . It has been shown that with a suitably chosen initial state of the quantum register, one is able to achieve the probability amplification regime of the iterative phase estimation even for nearly dissociated molecule. Concerning the relativistic calculations, we have performed simulations of the quantum computing analogue of the Kramers-restricted CI calculations for the SbH molecule . A minimalistic example of a quantum circuit performing such a calculation, which might become experimentally realizable in the near future has been constructed. Quantum computers would also allow treatment of electrons and nuclei on the same footing, circum- venting thus the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. We have simulated the phase estimation quantum algorithm combined with the Nuclei orbital Molecular orbital (NOMO) methods . Two isotopomers of the hydrogen molecule (H2, HT) were chosen as representative examples and quantum calculations of the lowest rotation-less vibrational transition energies were simulated.
An essential ingredient of efficient quantum simulation by the phase estimation algorithms are initial guesses of the exact wave functions with high enough fidelity. As was proposed in , the exact ground states can in principle be prepared by the adiabatic state preparation method. We applied this approach to prepa- ration of the lowest lying multireference singlet electronic state of methylene and numerically investigated preparation of this state at different molecular geometries. We then proposed modifications for speeding up the preparation process. We also decomposed the minimal adiabatic state preparation employing the direct mapping in terms of two-qubit interactions for actual realization as a quantum circuit .
Recently, we have also studied the possibility of using the Variational Quantum Eigensolver (VQE) algorithm together with (unitary) generalized CCSD Ansatz (UGCCSD). Our preliminary results on small systems show excellent accuracy of the resulting energies, but at the expense of very slow convergence of the variational optimization.
The localized nature of core orbitals makes spectroscopic approaches probing core electrons very selective and sensitive, so that they are capable of providing very accurate information about the chemical surroundings of atoms of interest. At the same time, the complexity of the physical processes taking place in experiment make it very difficult to interpret them without an underlying theoretical framework. In recent years we have witnessed an interest in accurate molecular electronic structure methods such as coupled cluster to provide such a framework. For the most part, these efforts have focused on elements of the first and second rows, for which relatively simple treatments of relativistic effects provides very good results. In this contribution I will present our efforts to enable accurate core spectra calculations for the whole of the periodic table, through our implementation of the core-valence separation approach to the 4-component relativistic Hamiltonian based equation-of-motion coupled-cluster with singles and doubles theory (CVS-EOM-CCSD). I will showcase an initial application to determine core ionization binding energies of halogenated and xenon-containing species, and discuss the relative accuracy of 2-component approaches with respect to a reference 4-component one.
After molecules interact with external fields they are usually left in a superposition of field-free eigenstates, leading to the time-dependence of certain physical quantities, such as the ionization probability. This fact is exploited in the pump-probe method of strong-field Fourier-transform spectroscopy , whereby the pump pulse generates the cations to be measured (in a superposition state), while the probe pulse induces Coulomb explosion. The resulting ion-yield signal is an oscillating function of the time-delay between the two pulses. The Fourier transform (FT) of the signal provides transition frequencies of the cations generated by the pump pulse. In this study, we use theoretical methods to reproduce and interpret the experimental strong-field FT infrared spectra of H2O and D2O. We determine the vibrational states of H2O and H2O+ with considerable accuracy, employing a dedicated software  and high-quality potential energy surfaces (PES) . Then, assuming instantaneous ionization, the vibrational ground state of neutral H2O is projected onto the H2O+ PES and time propagation is carried out, during which the expectation values of structural parameters, strongly related to the ionization probability, are evaluated. By taking the FT of these time-dependent expectation values, the peaks in the experimental spectrum can be reproduced and assigned to vibrational transition frequencies of H2O+ (see Fig. 1). Experimentally unresolved fine structures are also predicted by our accurate computations. However, certain experimental features could not be obtained with this simple approach; therefore, the possible role of enhanced ionization and rotational alignment was also investigated using basic models [4,5]. All the above steps were repeated for D2O , as well.
The "fuzzy" concepts in chemistry, such as chemical bonds, aromaticity, or electron delocalization, can be described by a set of criteria based on various molecular descriptors which are functions of the (unperturbed or perturbed by external fields) electron density and current density distributions. These descriptors are real-space quantities represented by scalar, vector, or higher-order tensor fields. Their analysis is frequently used in debates on the "nature" of bonding or "type" of aromaticity. Yet, the qualitative and quantitative analysis of such fields can still be very problematic. Promising techniques, such as the Topological Data Analysis (TDA), are emerging at the intersection of applied mathematics and data science, yet they have not been widely used in life sciences. In this talk, we will present the main concepts of TDA illustrated by examples of selected molecular descriptors and try to see whether the related "fuzzy" concepts can be made a bit less elusive.