David Cory holds the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing. He is a physical chemist working to develop quantum devices for sensing and computation. Earlier sensors have found applications in fields as varied as cancer diagnostics, materials processing for tires, improved sensitivity for oil exploration, and a sensor for dark matter searches. Two startups recently spun out of the lab develop quantum sensors with medical, biochemical and materials applications.
- Spin-based quantum information processors
- Magnetic resonance and its applications
- Quantum complexity
- Neutron interferometry
David Cory and his research team explore the experimental challenges of building small quantum processors. This is a diverse work place with researchers from engineering, science, and math working together. Our quantum processors are based on nuclear spins, electron spins, neutrons, persistent current superconducting devices and optics. Most experiments involve the use of hybrid systems composed of several types of quantum bits in an effort to push overall performance. A common theme in our studies is to engineer efficient, high fidelity, coherent control of open quantum systems.
David Cory teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. Course offerings have included topics in quantum information processing and quantum mechanics.
Recent publications include
- Controlling Neutron Orbital Angular Momentum, C. W. Clark, R. Barankov, M. Huber, M. Arif, D. G. Cory and D. A. Pushin, 2015, Nature, 525, 504 – 506.
- Demonstration of Open Quantum System Optimal Control in Dynamic Nuclear Polarization, S. Sheldon and D. G. Cory, 2015, Physical Reviews A, 92, 042102, 1-11.
- Tensor Networks and Graphical Calculus for Open Quantum Systems, C. Wood, J. Biamonte, and D. G. Cory, 2015, Quantum Information & Computation 15, 759-811.
- Cavity Cooling to the Ground State of an Ensemble Quantum System, C. J. Wood and D. G. Cory, 2016, Physical Review A, 93, 023414.
- Practical Bayesian Tomography, C. Granade, J. Combes, and D. G. Cory, 2016, New Journal of Physics, 18, 033024.
- Spin-Orbit States of Neutron Wave-Packets, J. Nsofini, D. Sarenac, C. Wood, D. G. Cory, M. Arif, C. Clark, M. Huber and D. Pushin, 2016, Physical Review A, Phys. Rev. A 94, 013605 (2016)
- Quantum Information Approach to Dynamical Diffraction Theory, J. Nsofini, K. Ghofrani, C. Wood, D. Sarenac, D. G. Cory, and D. Pushin, 2016.
- Spin-Orbit States of Neutron Wave-Packets, J. Nsofini, D. Sarenac, C. Wood, D. G. Cory, M. Arif, C. Clark, M. Huber and D. Pushin, 2016, Physical Reviews Letter.
- A New Polarized Neutron Interferometry Facility at the NCNR, M. Huber, C. Shahi, M. Arif, D G Cory, T Mineeva, J Nsofini, D Sarenac, C Williams, D Pushin, 2016, Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment.
- Superconducting Resonators Based on TiN/Tapering/NbN/Tapering/TiN Heterostructires, Y. Tang, H. Zhang, S. Kwon, H. Mohebbi, D. G. Cory, L. Peng, L. Gu, H. Guo, K. Jin, and Guo-Xing Miao, 2015.
- A Sensitive Search for Strongly-Coupled Chameleon Scalar Fields using Neutron Interferometry, K. Li, M. Arif, D. G. Cory, R. Haun, B. Heacock, M. G. Huber, J. Nsofini, D. A. Pushin, P. Saggu, D. Sarenac, C. B. Shahi, V. Skavysh, W. M. Snow, and A. R. Young (INDEX collaboration), 2015.
David Cory is a co-holder of several patents in Canada and the United States. Recent patents include
- Method to Prepare Spin-Orbit States of Neutrons, D. G. Cory, J. Nsofini, D. Sarenac and D. Pushin.
- Accounting for Classical Hardware in the Control of Quantum Devices, I. Hincks, C. Granade, T. Borneman, and D. G. Cory
- Entanglement of Two Qubits Via a Mesoscopic System, M. Mirkamali and D. G. Cory
- Homogeneous Superconducting Microstripline Resonators, H. Mohebbi, G. Teklemariam, D. G. Cory
- Bird-Cage Resonator, Grum Teklemariam, H. Mohebbi, and David G. Cory
Awards and Distinctions
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 2015
- Fellow, American Physical Society, 2015
- Outstanding Performance Award, University of Waterloo, 2014
- Canadian Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing, 2010
- Slichter Lecture, University of Illinois, Urbana, 2010
- MIT, Spira teaching award, 2002
- Schlumberger Fellowship from the Schlumberger Foundation, 1998
- Berman Award for best paper in applied chemistry from the Naval Research Laboratory, 1991, 1993
- National Science Foundation, Young Investigator Award, 1993-1998
- National Research Council/Naval Research Laboratory Fellowship, 1988-1990
University of Waterloo Affiliations
- Deputy Director of Research, Institute for Quantum Computing
- Cross-appointed, University of Waterloo Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Applied Math, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professional Associations and Service
- Associate, Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics
- Chair Advisory Board of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research’s Program in Quantum Information Processing, 2008-present
- Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Brockhouse Institute, McMaster University, 2012-present
- Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Shanghai Center for Complex Physics, 2012-present
- Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Quantum Valley Investment Fund, 2012-present
The following news stories have featured David Cory's research:
- February 26, 2015: CERC David Cory shares three rules for building a quantum computer
- December 12, 2013: Scientists hail milestone in quantum quest
- July 5, 2012: Quantum on the cusp of transforming industry
1987 PhD Case Western Reserve University
1981 BA Case Western Reserve University