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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. Mar. 14, 2018Remembering Stephen HawkingRaymond Laflamme and Stephen Hawking

    The scientific community, and the world, is deeply saddened by the news of Professor Stephen Hawking’s passing.

  2. Mar. 12, 2018Wei Tsen recognized with Early Researcher AwardWei Tsen

     Wei Tsen, assistant professor at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the Department of Chemistry, is one of eleven University of Waterloo researchers receiving an Early Researcher Award, the Government of Ontario announced.

  3. Mar. 12, 2018A new way to use neutrons

    Novel neutron interferometry technique is more powerful and practical

    Researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), in collaboration with researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institute of Health (NIH), have developed a neutron interferometry technique that is more powerful, robust and practical than existing techniques, paving the way for advances in imaging, materials science, and fundamental physics and quantum research.

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  1. Mar. 20, 2018Quantum Hacking after Measurement-Device-Independent Quantum Cryptography

    Anqi Huang - IQC

    Quantum key distribution (QKD) is able to achieve information-theoretic security in principle. However, in practice, imperfect devices threaten the security of quantum cryptographic systems. As a promising countermeasure against practical attacks, measurement-device-independent (MDI) QKD is immune to all detector side-channel attacks. Nevertheless, there are some limitations of the MDI QKD protocol. To overcome the technical limitations of MDI QKD, I scrutinized and evaluated other two countermeasures against imperfect detections.

  2. Mar. 21, 2018Coupling surface acoustic waves to artificial atoms to study the phononic Lamb shift.

    Thomas Aref, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    My research focuses on probing superconducting quantum bits or qubits with acoustic radiation in the form of surface acoustic waves (SAWs). This allows the investigation of sound interacting with artificial atoms on a quantum mechanical level, i.e. quantum acoustics with traveling phonons. We can then reproduce findings from quantum optics with sound taking over the role of light, highlighting the similarities between phonons and photons.

  3. Mar. 22, 2018Quantum acoustics with superconducting qubits

    Yiwen Chu - Yale University

    The ability to engineer and manipulate different types of quantum mechanical objects allows us to take advantage of their unique properties and create useful hybrid technologies. Thus far, complex quantum states and exquisite quantum control have been demonstrated in systems ranging from trapped ions to superconducting resonators. Recently, there have been many efforts to extend these demonstrations to the motion of complex, macroscopic objects.

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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. Sep. 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

Norbert Lütkenhaus

Faculty, Professor

Norbert Lütkenhaus studied at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen) and the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) of Munich, from which he graduated with a thesis in general relativity.

He then changed the field to study quantum optics and quantum cryptography under the supervision of Stephen M.

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