Complete Active Space Methods for NISQ Devices: The Importance of Canonical Orbital Optimization for Accuracy and Noise Resilience
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2023

To avoid the scaling of the number of qubits with the size of the basis set, one can divide the molecular space into active and inactive regions, which is also known as complete active space methods. However, selecting the active space alone is not enough to accurately describe quantum mechanical effects such as correlation. This study emphasizes the importance of optimizing the active space orbitals to describe correlation and improve the basis-dependent Hartree-Fock energies. We will explore classical and quantum computation methods for orbital optimization and compare the chemically inspired ansatz, UCCSD, with the classical full CI approach for describing the active space in both weakly and strongly correlated molecules. Finally, we will investigate the practical implementation of a quantum CASSCF, where hardware-efficient circuits must be used and noise can interfere with accuracy and convergence. Additionally, we will examine the impact of using canonical and noncanonical active orbitals on the convergence of the quantum CASSCF routine in the presence of noise.


Juan de Gracia Triviño

Chalmers, Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap, Kvantteknologi

Mickael G. Delcey

Lunds universitet

Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH)

Göran Wendin

Chalmers, Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap, Kvantteknologi

Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation

1549-9618 (ISSN) 1549-9626 (eISSN)

Vol. 19 10 2863-2872


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