Tool opens door to quantum modelling
A UK university spin-out has released a software tool that enables researchers to use a powerful quantum code for modelling systems and processes, for applications such as the design of semiconductor plasma etch conditions.
Computing the behaviour of systems like this involves modelling electron-molecule collisions, and to do this researchers use a code called the molecular R-matrix code. The new software from University College London spin-out Quantemol allows the code to be used simply by inputting a few easily-determined variables.
The tool, called Quantemol-N, was developed with an £80,000 grant from Nesta, the National Endowment of Science, Technology and the Arts.
Quantemol said its aim was to enable researchers to “calculate electron-molecule interactions more efficiently, safely, reliably, accurately and cost-effectively than experiment and thereby accelerate benign technological innovation”.