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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.

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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 research that happens at IQC.

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. Jan. 9, 2019The "blood, sweat, tears, toil and triumphs" of commercializing technologyMarc Morin

    In his own words, Marc Morin is “addicted to the game.”

    Morin is the CEO and co-founder at Auvik Networks, pronounced awe-vik, as in awesome. “It’s like having a child who does way better than you and it’s awesome,” Morin explained at the CryptoWorks21 Distinguished Lecture last fall. Elaborating on his evolving role as a CEO in a tech company, he shared lessons learned­—the mistakes he made and the things he got right—during his personal journey as a serial technology entrepreneur. 

  2. Oct. 29, 2018New methods to produce and detect optical and matter-wave spin-orbit statesPoincare and Bloch sphere isomorphism

    Researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) in collaboration with researchers at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a highly robust method for structuring light and matter waves, enhancing the powerful probing ability of neutrons.

  3. Oct. 18, 2018Constant-time quantum computers more powerful than classical counterpartsScientists prove there are certain problems that require only a fixed circuit depth when done on a quantum computer no matter ho

    Quantum computers can solve a linear algebra problem faster than classical computers, according to a new study published in Science. The finding proves that constant-depth quantum circuits are more powerful than their classical counterparts, and provides a new sense of how quantum technology will be a key to more powerful computing.

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  1. Jan. 16, 2019Master's Defence

    Impacts of relativity on localizability and vacuum entanglement

    Master's Candidate: Maria Papageorgiou 

    Much of the structure of quantum field theory (QFT) is predicated on the principle of locality. Adherence to locality is pursuant to convictions deduced from relativity, and is achieved in QFT by the association of regions of spacetime with algebras of observables. Although, by construction, the observables of QFT are local objects, one may also consider characterizing the spatial or spacetime features of a state.

  2. Jan. 18, 2019CryptoWorks21 - Who else is in my space?

    Speaker: Neil Henderson

    Abstract: The patent system provides a monopoly in return for disclosure of new technology. The disclosures (patent applications) are published and classified by technology to provide an extensive global resource available on line. Want to know how many patent applications Apple has for quantum cryptography? Who else is working in your area ? Does anyone hold a dominant position or are the rights widely distributed?

  3. Jan. 22, 2019Quantum Chebyshev’s inequality and applications

    Frederic Magniez, Université Paris Diderot

    We describe a new quantum paradigm, that we call Quantum Chebyshev’s inequality, to approximate with relative error the mean of any random variable with a number of quantum samples that is linear in the ratio of the square root of the variance to the mean. Classically the dependency is quadratic. To illustrate this method, we apply it to the approximation of frequency moments in the multi-pass streaming model, and to the approximation of the number of edges and triangles in the quantum graph query access model.

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Meet our people

Raymond Laflamme

Faculty, 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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