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.

What is quantum computing?

Start with our Quantum computing 101 page. It's a quick start guide on quantum computing to help you understand some of the basic principles of quantum mechanics.

Delivering on the quantum promise 

The Transformative Quantum Technologies (TQT) program at the University of Waterloo aims to advance the use of quantum mechanics from laboratory curiosity to an impactful device. 

  1. Aug. 8, 2019A key piece to understanding how quantum gravity affects low-energy physics

    Researchers have, for the first time, identified the conditions for theories of quantum gravity to be compatible with one of the paramount predictions of quantum theory and relativity: The Unruh effect. 

    In a new study led by researchers from the University of Waterloo, the International School for Advanced Studies and the Complutense University of Madrid a, solid theoretical framework is provided to discuss modifications to predictions of quantum field theory caused by the microstructure of space-time.

  2. July 24, 2019Extending the reach of classical AI into the quantum realm

    A Google Faculty Research Award propels quantum machine learning forward.

    The Physics of Information lab, led by Professor Achim Kempf, was awarded one of the 2018 Google Faculty Research Awards. Kempf’s lab focuses on the physics of information, a wide research field that ranges from general relativity and quantum theory to information theory and artificial intelligence (AI).

  3. July 9, 2019IQC researcher wins Dean of Science Award
    IQC PhD student Sainath Motlakunta

    The Dean of Science Award honours Master’s students in the Faculty of Science who demonstrate outstanding performance. We sat down with the latest winner in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, IQC researcher Sainath Motlakunta, to learn more about his award-winning research.

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  1. Aug. 27, 2019Quench Dynamics in Optomechanical Arrays: Simulation of Non-equilibrium Dynamics

    Sadegh Raeisi - Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology

    Non-equilibrium dynamics induced by rapid changes of external parameters is relevant for a wide range of scenarios across many domains of physics. For waves in spatially periodic systems, quenches will alter the bandstructure and generate new excitations. In the case of topological bandstructures, defect modes at boundaries can be generated or destroyed when quenching through a topological phase transition.

  2. Aug. 30, 2019RAC1 Journal Club/Seminar Series

    Topological Insulator-Superconductor Heterostructures and Devices

    Lin Li, IQC

     A 3D topological insulator (TI) has a fully gapped insulating bulk state but a conducting surface. Such conducting “surface” states are formed with helical Dirac fermions, with spin-momentum strictly locked by spin-orbital coupling. When coupled to a conventional s-wave superconductor (S), the surface state behaves just like the desired p-wave superconductor. It has been predicted that Majorana zero-modes obeying non-Abelian statistics can appear in such a system.

  3. Sep. 30 to Oct. 3, 2019Quantum Innovators in science and engineering
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    The Quantum Innovators in science and engineering workshop brings together the most promising young researchers in quantum physics and engineering. Guests are invited for a four-day conference aimed at exploring the frontier of our field.

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