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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. Jan. 2, 2018Pioneer of quantum information research appointed to Order of CanadaRaymond Laflamme

    An Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) researcher has been appointed to the Order of Canada for his significant scientific and leadership contributions to the country, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada announced.

  2. Dec. 21, 2017QUANTUM: The Exhibition takes centre stage at newly reopened Canada Science and Technology Museum

    Thursday, December 21, 2017 (Ottawa, Ontario) – An exhibition on quantum technologies from the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) is captivating curious minds at the newly reopened Canada Science and Technology Museum.

  3. Dec. 19, 2017Canadian Space Agency awards IQC $1.5M for encryption mission

    The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is awarding $1.5 million to the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) to lead the science of a mission called the Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite (QEYSSat), which will protect the communications and data of Canadians on Earth and in space.

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  1. Jan. 22, 2018Quantum annealing vs classical optimization

    Elizabeth Crosson, California Institute of Technology

    The equilibrium states of Hamiltonians without a sign problem can in many cases be efficiently sampled using classical Markov chain Monte Carlo methods. These simulation algorithms present a challenge to the possibility of obtaining quantum speedups using transverse-field quantum annealing, and in this talk I'll describe rigorous results on the convergence of simulated quantum annealing to a class of problems that take exponential time to solve by local search.

  2. Jan. 25, 2018TQT Lunch and Learn: Startup 101

    On Thursday, January 25, 2018, Transformative Quantum Technologies (TQT) will host a Lunch and Learn on the topic of startups. 

    The event will feature a panel of four speakers who will share their perspective on startup formation and resources. Each panelist will provide a brief presentation followed by a Q&A session.

    Thursday, January 25, 2018
    12:15PM - 1:45PM
    QNC 1501

  3. Jan. 29, 2018Engineering magnetism and chiral edge state of quantum anomalous Hall system

    Ke He, Tsinghua University

    The quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect is a quantum Hall effect induced by spontaneous magnetization instead of an external magnetic field. The effect occurs in two-dimensional (2D) insulators with topologically nontrivial electronic band structure which is characterized by a non-zero Chern number. The experimental observation of the QAH effect in thin films of magnetically doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 topological insulators (TIs) paves the way for practical applications of dissipationless quantum Hall edge states.

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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. Sep. 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

Norbert Lütkenhaus

Faculty, Professor

Norbert Lütkenhaus studied at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen) and the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) of Munich, from which he graduated with a thesis in general relativity.

He then changed the field to study quantum optics and quantum cryptography under the supervision of Stephen M.

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