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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 quickstart 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Oct. 17, 2018Generating multiphoton entanglement on a superconducting chip

    A step further for secure quantum communication and scalable quantum computing

    A team of researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) generated three-photon entanglement on a superconducting chip using a new, scalable technique.

    The experiment, published in Physical Review Applied, could lead to advances in quantum communication protocols like secret sharing and in quantum computing power.

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  1. Nov. 19, 2018Quantum proof systems for iterated exponential time, and beyond

    Henry Yuen, University of Toronto

    An outstanding open question in quantum information theory concerns the computational complexity of nonlocal games. in a nonlocal game, a classical verifier interacts with multiple players that cannot communicate, but are allowed to share entanglement. In a recent breakthrough result, Slofstra showed that the following problem is undecidable: given a nonlocal game, is there a quantum strategy for the players to win with probability 1?

  2. Nov. 20, 2018 What is Patentable?

    The 2nd of the ninth session of the IP lecture series (3) hosted by CW21 will be launched on Tuesday, Nov 20th at noon.

    Light sandwiches and beverages will be provided by RSVP.

    Details of the session:

    What is patentable?

    When: Tuesday, Nov 20th at noon 

    Where: QNC1201

  3. Nov. 22, 2018Modeling Interactions between Hydrophobic Nanosheets and Lipid Membranes

    Jun Fan, City University of Hong Kong

    Two-dimensional nanomaterials could cause structural disruption and cytotoxic effects to cells, which greatly challenges their promising biomedical applications including biosensing, bioimaging, and drug delivery. Here, interactions between lipid liposomes and hydrophobic nanosheets is studied utilizing coarse-grained (CG) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The simulations reveal a variety of interaction morphologies that depend on the size and the orientation of nanosheets.

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Meet our people

Crystal Senko

Faculty, Assistant Professor

Crystal Senko joined the Institute for Quantum Computing in November 2016 as Assistant Professor with the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo.

During her doctorate research in quantum information, Senko used trapped ions to simulate a quantum computational module and to create a spin chain experiment for manipulation in the lab. She earned her PhD under the supervision of Christopher Monroe at the University of Maryland.

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