Quantum Computing in Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life in Deep Space

As more researchers look for more use cases of Quantum Computing, it may come as no surprise that quantum computing could be deployed in the quest for alien life. A new partnership between the University of Hull and Zapata (a Quantum Computing company) aims to evaluate Zapata’s software for the development of future quantum astrophysics applications.

“With Zapata’s support, we are one step closer to discovering life beyond Earth”

Dr. David Benoit, senior lecturer in Molecular Physics and Astrochemistry at the University of Hull

Back in 2016, MIT researchers suggested a list of over 14,000 molecules that could indicate signs of life in exoplanets’ atmospheres. But more information needs to be collected. The E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull aims to generate a database of detectable biological signatures using new computational models of molecular rotations and vibrations, including models that leverage quantum computing. 

“Although quantum computers are still early and cannot yet outperform classical hardware, Zapata has made it possible to generate valuable insights from the Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum (NISQ) devices currently available. With Orquestra, we can build applications”

Dr. David Benoit, senior lecturer in Molecular Physics and Astrochemistry at the University of Hull

Zapata’s Orquestra platform empowers enterprises and research organizations to build quantum-enabled workflows, execute them across the full range of quantum and classical devices, and then collect and analyze the resulting data. Organizations can harness quantum capabilities to generate augmented data sets, speed up data analysis, and construct better data models for a range of use cases. Importantly, it provides organizations with the most flexible, interoperable, and forward-compatible toolset for building quantum capabilities without getting locked in with a single vendor or architecture.

“The research being done by Dr. Benoit and his colleagues has the potential to redefine our place in the universe, and we’re humbled that Orquestra will have a supporting role,”

Christopher Savoie, CEO and co-founder of Zapata Computing