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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. 22, 2016We've got photons! Jeongwan Jin and Christopher Pugh adjusting the receiver in the Twin Otter plane

    Institute for Quantum Computing researchers first to demonstrate an uplink to an airborne quantum satellite receiver prototype for secure quantum communication 

  2. Dec. 21, 2016Researchers successfully demonstrate prototype for space-based quantum-secured communicationA secure uplink is created between Alice and Bob as the NRC's Twin Otter Airborne Research Aircraft flies overhead.

    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.

  3. 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.

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  1. Feb. 23, 2017Quantum Shorts and Quantum Applications

    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.

  2. Jan. 23, 2017Colloquium: Milena Grifoni

    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.

  3. Jan. 24, 2017Seminar: Milena Grifoni

    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. 

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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

David G. Cory
Faculty, Deputy Director, Research, Canada Excellence Research Chair

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