David Cory

David Cory
Professor; Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate in Quantum Information Processing
Location: RA2 1118
Phone: 519-888-4567 x37307


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.

Research Interests

  • Quantum computing
  • Spin-based quantum information processors
  • Magnetic resonance and its applications
  • Neutron interferometry
  • Disease detection and modeling
  • Quantum complexity
  • Quantum materials
  • Quantum science
  • Quantum electronics
  • Quantum information processing
  • Quantum simulation
  • Quantum communication
  • Smart and functional materials
  • Satellite Payload Development


  • 1987 Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, USA
  • 1981 B.A., Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, USA


  • 2015 Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
  • 2015 Fellow, American Physical Society
  • 2014 Outstanding Performance Award, University of Waterloo
  • 2010-2017 Canadian Excellence Research Chair Laureate in Quantum Information Processing
  • 2010 Slichter Lecture, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • 2002 MIT, Spira teaching award
  • 1998 Schlumberger Fellowship from the Schlumberger Foundation
  • 1991, 1993 Berman Award for best paper in applied chemistry from the Naval Research Laboratory
  • 1993-1998 National Science Foundation, Young Investigator Award
  • 1988-1990 National Research Council/Naval Research Laboratory Fellowship


  • Deputy Director of Research, Institute for Quantum Computing
  • Principal Investigator, Canada First Excellence Research Fund (CFREF) in Transformative Quantum Technologies
  • 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

Affiliations and Volunteer Work

  • Cross-appointed, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Applied Math, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Associate Faculty, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics


  • CHEM 350 - Chemical Kinetics
    • Taught in 2019
  • CHEM 750 - Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry
    • Taught in 2019
  • PHYS 760 - Laboratory on Control of Quantum Technology
    • Taught in 2021, 2022, 2023
  • QIC 860 - Laboratory on Control of Quantum Technology
    • Taught in 2021, 2022, 2023

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Anisotropic planar Hall effect in the type-II topological Weyl semimetal WTe2, Peng Li, Chenhui Zhang, Yan Wen, Long Cheng, George Nichols, David G Cory, Guo-Xing Miao, Xi-Xiang Zhang - Physical Review B, 2019.
  • Mesoscopic Spin Systems as Quantum Entanglers, MS Mirkamali, DG Cory - arXiv preprint arXiv:1910.11326, 2019.
  • Coherence optimization in neutron interferometry through defocusing, J Nsofini, D Sarenac, DG Cory, DA Pushin - Physical Review A, 2019.
  • Evolution of interlayer and intralayer magnetism in three atomically thin chromium trihalides, Hyun Ho Kim, Bowen Yang, Siwen Li, Shengwei Jiang, Chenhao Jin, Zui Tao, George Nichols, Francois Sfigakis, Shazhou Zhong, Chenghe Li, Shangjie Tian, David G Cory, Guo-Xing Miao, Jie Shan, Kin Fai Mak, Hechang Lei, Kai Sun, Liuyan Zhao, Adam W Tsen - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2019.
  • Magnetic hysteresis of a superconducting microstrip resonator with a high edge barrier, S Kwon, YC Tang, HR Mohebbi, DG Cory, GX Miao, 2018, arXiv preprint arXiv:1812.03227.
  • NMR study of optically hyperpolarized phosphorus donor nuclei in silicon, P Gumann, H Haas, S Sheldon, L Zhu, R Deshpande, T Alexander, MLW Thewalt, DG Cory, C Ramanathan, 2018, Physical Review B 98, 180405.
  • Generation of a lattice of spin-orbit beams via coherent averaging, D Sarenac, DG Cory, J Nsofini, I Hincks, P Miguel, M Arif, Charles W Clark, MG Huber, DA Pushin, 2018, Physical review letters 121, 183602.
  • Observation of Higgs boson decay to bottom quarks, AM Sirunyan, et al., 2018, Physical review letters 121 (12), 121801.
  • View all David Cory's publications on Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?hl=en&user=ff9L4f4AAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate


  • Efficient spin polarization, T Borneman, DG Cory, CJ Wood - US Patent 10,371,767, 2019
  • Spin-orbit states of neutron wave packets, DG Cory, J Nsofini, D Sarenac, DA Pushin - US Patent App. 15/277,190, 2019
  • Transferring spin polarization, G Teklemariam, DG Cory - US Patent 10,197,643, 2019
  • Using a cavity to polarize a spin ensemble, T Borneman, DG Cory, CJ Wood - US Patent App. 10/197,641, 2019
  • Using a thermally-isolated cavity to polarize a spin ensemble, G Teklemariam, DG Cory - US Patent 10,197,642, 2019
  • Polarizing a spin ensemble for magnetic resonance imaging, G Teklemariam, DG Cory - US Patent App. 10/184,994, 2019
  • Shifting phase in a resonator device for magentic resonance, H Mohebbi, G Teklemariam, D Cory - US Patent App. 15/745,513, 2018
  • 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

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