Helping Quantum Computers Study the Physics of the Universe

Quantum computers are still years away, but a trio of theoretical physicists has already figured out at least one talent they may have. The theorists, including one from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), have developed a mathematical algorithm that will be used by a future quantum computer to study the inner workings of the universe in ways that are far beyond the reach of even the most powerful conventional supercomputers.