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. Dec. 4, 2019A new carbon nanotube-based filter for quantum computing applications
    Carbon nanotube-based filter

  2. Nov. 25, 2019Benchmarking scalability and performance of quantum computers
    IQC faculty members Joel Wallman and Joseph Emerson at the offices of Quantum Benchmark

    Researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) have demonstrated a new method, called cycle benchmarking, to assess scalability and compare capabilities of different quantum computer platforms.

    The finding leads the way towards establishing standards for quantum computing performance and strengthens the global effort to build a large-scale, practical quantum computer.

  3. Oct. 31, 2019A twist and a spin: harnessing two quantum properties transforms a neutron beam into a powerful probe of material structure

    By cleverly manipulating two properties of a neutron beam, NIST scientists and their collaborators have created a powerful probe of materials that have complex and twisted magnetic structures.

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  1. Dec. 9, 2019Integrated optics for high-fidelity and parallelizable trapped-ion quantum logic

    Karan Mehta, ETH Zurich

    Practical and useful quantum information processing will require significant jumps with respect to current systems in error rates and robustness of basic operations, and at the same time in scale and integration. Individual ion qubits’ fundamental qualities are compelling for long-term systems, but a significant challenge in scaling to large ion numbers lies in the optics used to precisely initialize, manipulate and measure their quantum states.

  2. Dec. 10, 2019Calculating Nature Naturally

    Natalie Klco - Institute for Nuclear Theory, The University of Washington

    In current classical calculations of quantum many-body systems, the exponentially-growing framework of modern quantum mechanics dictates that a large portion of the universe is required to calculate properties of an infinitesimal version of itself. This fundamental resource requirement suggests that simulating the complexity of quantum systems with purely classical devices is simply not natural.

  3. Dec. 11, 2019The interplay of strain, pressure, superconductivity, and topology in Weyl semimetal MoTe2

    The interplay of strain, pressure, superconductivity, and topology in Weyl semimetal MoTe2

    "Topological classification of materials has revolutionized condensed matter physics over the last decade and lead to a vast array of predicted novel technologies relying on topological electronic states. The search for novel topological semimetals and superconductors is particularly interesting, and the transition metal dichalcogenides are promising hosts of these states.

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