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Welcome to the Institute for Quantum Computing

Faculty positions - apply nowThe Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) is a scientific research institute at the University of Waterloo. The research happening at IQC harnesses the quantum laws of nature in order to develop powerful new technologies and drive future economies.

If you are new to all things quantum, you may want to see our Quantum computing 101 page. It will provide you with a quickstart guide on quantum computing to help you understand some of the research that happens at IQC.

  1. Dec. 6, 2016Visualizing randomnessRandomness: A visual study of the Big Bell Test

    Local artist creates visual project from random BIG Bell Test data

    Do atoms behave differently when we are not looking at them?

    The Bell test seeks to catch quantum particles “talking” to each other by matching their answers (output), to the questions asked (measurement). Unpredictable and independent input is one condition needed to perform Bell test experiments. Last week, the BIG Bell Test (BBT) brought true human unpredictability and randomness to the first ever human-driven Bell test.

  2. Dec. 6, 2016Photonic entanglement takes on a new shapeExperimental setup for photonic entanglement shaping

    A team of researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) has developed a process for reshaping the entanglement of two photons, demonstrating a new set of tools useful for quantum-state engineering.

  3. Dec. 2, 2016Waterloo celebrates $11 million in awards from NSERC and CRC

    The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program has awarded more than $11 million to the University of Waterloo which includes $1.7 million to an affiliate of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC).

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  1. Dec. 12, 2016Colloquium: Carlos Silva

    Two-dimensional coherent photocurrent excitation spectroscopy of a hybrid lead-halide perovskite solar cell

    Carlos Silva, Université de Montréal

    Hybrid halide perovskite (for example, CH3NH3PbI3) solar cells now display solar power conversion efficiencies exceeding 20% [1]. In these materials, excitonic and free-carrier regimes of primary photoexcitations are possible depending on crystalline microstructure of the active layer and excitation density [2].

  2. Dec. 12, 2016PhD Thesis - Matthew GraydonMatthew Graydon

    Matthew Graydon of the Department of Physics and Astronomy is defending his thesis:

    Conical Designs and Categorical Jordan Algebraic Post-Quantum Theories

    Matthew is supervised by Associate Professor Kevin Resch and Rob Spekkens (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics).

  3. Dec. 12, 2016Theory of Quantum Information and Computation: Hugo J. Woerdeman

    The 2xM separability problem investigated via semidefinite programming and normal completions

    Hugo J. Woerdeman, Drexel University

    This talk discusses two different viewpoints of the 2xM separability problem. One method results in a construction of an increasing sequence of cones whose closed union consists of all 2xM separable states. Membership in each cone can be checked via semidefinite programming.

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  1. Nov. 8, 2016Launching QUANTUM: The ExhibitionSpecial guests at the launch of QUANTUM: The Exhibition holding a sign with the hashtag #quantumkw

    On August 30, Martin Laforest wrote a blog post about how to create a 4,000 square foot museum exhibition about an invisible science. That exhibition, QUANTUM: The Exhibition, came to life at THEMUSEUM for an invitation-only premiere on October 13, 2016 and then for the general public the next day.

  2. Oct. 11, 2016Alumna Sarah Sheldon on the IBM Quantum ExperienceSarah Sheldon with the USEQIP students

    On Tuesday, June 7, 24 students attending the Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP) at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) used the IBM Quantum Experience to test algorithms that they were learning about in the classroom. Former IQC  PhD student, Dr. Sarah Sheldon, now a research staff member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, introduced the students to the platform, assisted them in working through examples and described the inner workings of IBM’s quantum processor.

  3. Sept. 27, 2016The 4th ETSI/IQC Workshop on Quantum Safe Cryptography, TorontoETSI/IQC workshop in progress

    Sep. 19 - Sep. 21, 2016

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Meet our people

Adrian Lupascu
Faculty, Associate Professor

Adrian Lupascu obtained his PhD at Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands, in 2005. His PhD work, under the supervision of Hans Mooij, involved experiments on dispersive measurement of superconducting qubits.

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