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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. Apr. 20, 2017IQC founder recognized for ground-breaking contributions to quantum researchRaymond Laflamme

    The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) and the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) have awarded Raymond Laflamme, Executive Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo, the 2017 CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics. The CAP-CRM prize recognizes research excellence in Canada.

  2. Apr. 10, 2017Experiment lays foundation for applications in quantum communicationLaser set-up in the lab of Thomas Jennewein

    In a paper published in Physical Review Letters, PhD student Sascha Agne and colleagues experimentally realized a three-photon Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger (GHZ) interferometer and observed genuine three-photon interference for the first time, bringing scientists one step closer to exciting applications in quantum communication.

  3. Apr. 3, 2017Lazaridis Centre honoured with architectural awardExterior of the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre

    The Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (Lazaridis Centre) at the University of Waterloo was selected for the Design Excellence Award by the Ontario Architects Association (OAA).

    The annual OAA Awards program celebrates the architectural innovation and design of Ontario architects, students and interns.  After narrowing 140 submissions, 20 finalists were announced for the Design Excellence Award March 6. Today, the Lazaridis Centre and its Toronto-based designers, KPMB Architects, were announced as the winners.

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  1. May 8, 2017Colloquium: Hakan Tureci

    A platform to study many-body physics with photons

    Hakan Tureci, Princeton University

    The past decade has seen enormous experimental progress in building superconducting electrical circuits featuring artificial atoms subject to the quantized electromagnetic field of microwave photons. The fabrication and control of superconducting circuits has reached a stage where many such elements can be wired up into intricate networks, allowing the preparation and readout of complex quantum states of photons and atoms.

  2. May 9, 2017CryptoWorks21 - Value Creation/Commercializing of IP

    This is the seventh of the Intellectual Property (IP) Management Lunch and Learn Lecture Series. We are bringing in thought leaders in the protection and management of intellectual property, including many years of experience in relevant areas of information technology.

    This session will be led by Tom Hunter.

  3. May 23, 2017CryptoWorks21 - IP in Academia

    This is the eighth of the Intellectual Property (IP) Management Lunch and Learn Lecture Series. We are bringing in thought leaders in the protection and management of intellectual property, including many years of experience in relevant areas of information technology.

    This session will be led by Dr. Douglas Beynon.

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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

Raymond Laflamme

Faculty, Executive Director, Canada Research Chair

Raymond Laflamme was born in Quebec City and did his undergraduate studies in Physics at Université Laval. He then moved to Cambridge, England, where he survived Part III of Mathematical Tripos before earning his PhD in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) under the direction of Stephen Hawking. Laflamme and Don Page are responsible for having changed Hawking's mind on the direction of time in a contracting Universe (as described in Hawking’s best-seller "A Brief History of Time").

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