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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. Sep. 18, 2017Scalable quantum computers within reachChip-to-chip bonding: Sketch and images of fabricated devices. Credit: M. Mariantoni and C.R. H. McRae.

    Quantum machine learning and artificial intelligence, quantum-safe cryptography, and simulation of quantum systems all rely on the power of quantum computing.

    A team of researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) have taken a step closer to realizing the powerful possibilities of a universal quantum computer. The Laboratory for Digital Quantum Matter, led by faculty member Matteo Mariantoni, is developing technologies for extensible quantum computing architectures based on superconducting quantum devices.

  2. Sep. 14, 2017New research chair in quantum error correctionRaymond Laflamme

    New research chair in quantum error correction demonstrates continued leadership by IQC and Waterloo in the pursuit of a quantum computer and in the development of other quantum technologies.  

    WATERLOO, Ont. (Thursday, September 14) The University of Waterloo, in collaboration with Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis, has launched a new $8-million research chair to further solidify Waterloo’s leadership in quantum information research.

  3. Aug. 24, 2017Women in physics: support networks, role models and relationshipsGroup photo of all Women in Physics Conference Canada attendees

    Annual conference held at Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing

    It’s well-known that more diversity among scientists will mean better outcomes for society.

    And while passion will ultimately help scientists who belong to a marginalized group, women and others will also need a strong support network, role models and a good relationship with an academic supervisor, according to female scientists who shared their experiences at the recent Women in Physics Canada (WIPC) conference held at Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing.

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  1. Sep. 26, 2017Materials in 2-dimension and beyond: platform for novel electronics and optoelectronicsPhilip Kim

    WIN/IQC Joint Distinguished Lecture

    Philip Kim is an experimental condensed matter physicist. The focus of Kim’s group’s research is the mesoscopic investigation of various physical phenomena in low dimensional and nanostructured materials.

  2. Sep. 28, 2017Application of a resource theory for magic states to fault-tolerant quantum computing

    Mark Howard & Earl T. Campbell

    Motivated by their necessity for most fault-tolerant quantum computation schemes, we formulate a resource theory for magic states. We first show that robustness of magic is a well-behaved magic monotone that operationally quantifies the classical simulation overhead for a Gottesman-Knill type scheme using ancillary magic states. Our framework subsequently finds immediate application in the task of synthesizing non-Clifford gates using magic states.

  3. Sep. 28, 2017Master's Thesis - Christian Mastromattei

    Christian Mastromattei of the Department of Physics and Astronomy is presenting his thesis:

    Assessing the Practicality of a Simple Multi-node Quantum Repeater

    Christopher is supervised by IQC faculty member Norbert Lütkenhaus.

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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

Joseph Emerson

Faculty, Associate Professor

Joseph obtained his BSc in physics at McGill University in 1993, followed by a Master's (1995) degree in experimental nuclear physics from Simon Fraser University (SFU).

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