Welcome to the Institute for Quantum Computing
The 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.
- Dec. 22, 2016
Institute for Quantum Computing researchers first to demonstrate an uplink to an airborne quantum satellite receiver prototype for secure quantum communication
- Dec. 21, 2016
Waterloo, Ont. (Wednesday, December 21, 2016) — Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo in Canada are the first to transmit a quantum key securely from a source on the ground to a receiver on an aircraft. The uplink is a prototype for secure quantum communication and shows the viability of the team’s quantum communication satellite mission (QEYSSat) proposal.
- Dec. 6, 2016
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.
- Feb. 23, 2017
Short film festival + public lecture by Martin Laforest
Join us for a night of film and science. The Institute for Quantum Computing has partnered with the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore to host a festival for quantum-inspired films. The screening of the top 10 short films will be followed by a lecture by Senior Outreach Manager Martin Laforest about the everyday applications of quantum.
- Jan. 23, 2017
Probing light-matter entanglement in the non-perturbative regime of a strongly driven spin-boson system
Milena Grifoni, University of Regensburg
The spin-boson model is an archetype model to study the impact of a thermal reservoir on the coherent dynamics of a two-level quantum particle. When the coupling between qubit and environment crosses a threshold, a transition from coherent to incoherent tunneling between the two qubit eigenstates occurs. At even larger coupling, the dynamics is fully quenched, signaling a strong entanglement of the qubit with the reservoir’s continuum.
- Jan. 24, 2017
Informal conversation with Dr. Milena Grifoni, University of Regensburg
Presented by: Fem Phys and Women in Science
Join Fem Phys and Women in Science for an informal conversation with Dr. Milena Grifoni about her career in physics. Dr. Grifoni researches quantum transport in nanoscale systems and quantum dissipation at the University of Regensburg in Germany. Coffee and cookies will be provided. All are welcome.
- Nov. 8, 2016
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.
- Oct. 11, 2016
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.
- Sept. 27, 2016
Sep. 19 - Sep. 21, 2016