Welcome to our Quantum Computing group website!

Our research focuses on quantum computing algorithms and software, numerical methods for simulating strongly correlated quantum systems, and transport properties of physical systems. We are part of Informatics 5 - Scientific Computing at TUM.

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Research

Quantum simulation and quantum algorithms

We explore and investigate algorithms for “quantum simulation”, i.e., using a quantum computer to simulate a target quantum system, like a (strongly correlated) system in condensed matter physics or chemistry. In particular, we study approaches based on qubitization and the quantum singular value transform, as well as embedding frameworks like DMET. We also investigate quantum algorithms for optimization and machine learning.

\[U_{\vec{\varphi}} = e^{i \varphi_0 Z} \prod_{k=1}^d W(a) e^{i \varphi_k Z}\]

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Numerical methods

DQMC code

Our expertise is in tensor network and quantum Monte Carlo methods, and we are also exploring neural network quantum states. For example, we have implemented matrix-product-operator techniques to study out-of-time ordered correlation (OTOC) functions and elucidate scrambling of quantum information, and have applied the determinant quantum Monte Carlo (DQMC) algorithm to a three-band Hubbard model of high-Tc cuprate superconductors.

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Quantum computing software stack

IBM quantum computer
IBM's 50-qubit quantum computer

Currently we are working on a quantum circuit simulation toolbox Qaintum written in Julia, and a Python package qib (still early stage) for translating high-level quantum algorithms to circuits and submitting these to hardware backends. We also work on hybrid quantum-classical programming languages and runtime environments.

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Statistical physics and generalized hydrodynamics

phase fluctuations

One-dimensional physical systems can exhibit interesting anomalous transport properties. A characteristic signature is the time-dependent response of the local energy to a small, localized perturbation of the equilibrated system, expressed by the energy-energy time-correlation. One approach to understand such behavior is a nonlinear extension of fluctuating hydrodynamics, which has attracted particular interest in recent years due to surprising connections to the KPZ universality class. Specifically, nonlinear fluctuating hydrodynamics predicts that the energy correlation function contains a left- und right-moving “sound peak” with asymptotic scaling form

\[(\lambda_\mathrm{s} t)^{-2/3} f_{\mathrm{KPZ}} \big((\lambda_{\mathrm{s}} t)^{-2/3}(x-\sigma ct)\big),\]

where \(\lambda_{\mathrm{s}}\) is a model-dependent coefficient, \(\sigma = \pm 1\) denotes the left or right peak and \(f_{\mathrm{KPZ}}\) is the KPZ function. Together with Herbert Spohn, we have worked out the detailed connection between statistical physics models and KPZ theory and performed numerical molecular dynamics simulations.

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