Math Physics Seminar

Erik Gustafson
Surrogate Optimization of variational quantum circuits


Variational quantum Eigensolvers are touted as a near-term algorithm capable of impacting many applications. However, the potential has yet to be realized with few claims of quantum advantage and high resource estimates, mainly due to the need for optimization in the presence of noise. Finding algorithms and methods to improve the convergence is essential to accelerate the capabilities of near-term hardware for VQE or more broad applications of hybrid methods in which optimization is required.

To this goal, we look to use modern approaches recently developed in circuit simulations and stochastic classical optimization that can be combined in a surrogate optimization approach to classical circuits.

Using an approximate state vector simulator, we efficiently calculate an approximate Hessian, fed as an input for a detailed quantum circuit simulator. We demonstrate the capabilities of such an approach with and without sampling noise. We also show that this method outperforms Powell in the presence of quantum circuit shot noise by a factor of 2-4.


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Event Date: 
December 5, 2023 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
VAN 309 or Online (See URL)
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Mathematical Physics