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. Feb. 14, 2019Presenting the top ten Quantum Shorts films Vote for People's Choice in the Quantum Shorts film festival.

    “Weirdly compelling,” was one judge’s comment. “A very adventurous concept,” said another. “Creative and funny,” came a third verdict.

    Now you can judge the entries to the latest edition of the Quantum Shorts film festival yourself! The shortlist is finally ready for your input.

  2. Feb. 1, 2019Quantum information research pioneer invested into the Order of CanadaRaymond Laflamme

    Today, Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) researcher Raymond Laflamme was invested into the Order of Canada by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, at Rideau Hall.

    Recognized as a pioneer in quantum information research and technology, Laflamme was appointed to the Order of Canada for his significant scientific and leadership contributions to the country.

  3. Jan. 23, 2019Researchers demonstrate extremely large magnetoresistance in a new quantum materialSchematic of the magnetic tunnel junction created by the researchers. The hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) enclosure protected the

    Schematic of the magnetic tunnel junction created by the researchers. The hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) enclosure protected the chromium tri-iodide from environmental effects.

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  1. Feb. 20, 2019A microwave optomechanical circuit with parametric mechanical driving

    Shun Yanai, Delft University of Technology

    Microwave optomechanical circuits have been demonstrated in the past years to be powerful tools for both, exploring fundamental physics of macroscopic and massive quantum objects as well as being promising candidates for novel on-chip quantum limited microwave devices. In this work, we explore a microwave optomechanical device consisting of a coplanar microwave cavity coupled to a mechanical high quality factor nanobeam resonator.

  2. Feb. 22, 2019RAC1 Journal Club/Seminar Series

    APS March Meeting Student Practice Talk Session

    Silicon MOSFET quantum dots with simplified metal-gate geometry

    Eduardo Barrera

    Silicon (Si) CMOS spin qubits have become a promising platform for a future quantum information processor due to recent demonstrations of high fidelity single and two qubit gates [Veldhorst et. al., Nature 526.7573 (2015)], compatibility with industrial CMOS process and promising prospects for scalability.

  3. Feb. 25, 2019Battling in the realm of a topological superconductor candidate: Sr2RuO4

    Wen Huang, Shenzhen Peng Cheng Laboratory

    Since its discovery in 1994, the unconventional superconductivity in Sr2RuO4 has attracted tremendous interest. The prospect of it being a topological chiral p-wave superconductor, which supports Majorana fermions, makes it a potential solid state platform for topological quantum computation. However, despite the multiple signatures in support of chiral p-wave pairing, a number of key measurements in the last decade have called into question this interpretation.

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Meet our people

Vern Paulsen

Faculty, Professor
Vern Paulsen received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1977. He spent two years at the University of Kansas before moving to the University of Houston. In 1996, he became a John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the Department of Mathematics.

He has written four graduate level texts in mathematics, published over 100 research articles, and won several teaching awards.

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