In the race to build a practical quantum computer, UNSW has built a quantum processor in silicon to simulate an organic molecule.


This article by Lachlan Gilbert, writing for UNSW Newsroom, makes the following points:
  • UNSW physicists have engineered a quantum processor at the atomic scale to simulate the behaviour of a small organic molecule.
  • The achievement—occurring two years ahead of schedule—has solved a challenge set some 60 years ago by theoretical physicist Richard Feynman.
  • In a paper just published in the journal Nature, the researchers described how they were able to mimic the structure and energy states of the organic compound polyacetylene.
  • They did this by repeating chain of carbon and hydrogen atoms, distinguished by alternating single and double bonds of carbon.


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Source: University of NSW (UNSW)