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. 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.

  2. Oct. 17, 2019Three C&O professors are awarded NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements

    Three C&O faculty members have been awarded 2019 NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS):

  3. Oct. 15, 2019IQC Achievement Award winner announced
    IQC researcher Mária Kieferová

    Mária Kieferová talks quantum algorithms, studying a PhD at two universities and keeping up with industry.

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  1. Nov. 18, 2019Lattice Gauge Quantum Field Theories in the Age of Quantum Computers

    Pavel Lougovski, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Simulating real time dynamics of quantum field theories (QFTs) such as quantum chromodynamics poses a significant challenge in fundamental physics. Quantum computers may be able to help and recent progress in designing and analyzing scaling of quantum simulation algorithms for various QFTs is encouraging. In this talks we will discuss quantum and quantum-classical simulation strategies for the Schwinger model – quantum electrodynamics in 1+1 dimension.

  2. Nov. 20, 2019Quantum Transport in topological superconductor hybrid systems

    Seminar featuring Bhaskaran Muralidharan, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

    Semiconductor nanowire-superconductor hybrid systems provide a promising platform for hosting unpaired Majorana fermions and thus realizing fault-tolerant topological qubits. In this talk, starting from the basic tenets of quantum transport theory, we demonstrate how to adapt the Non-Equilibrium Green’s Function (NEGF) formalism to model quantum transport in normal (N)-superconductor (S) junctions.

  3. Dec. 2, 2019Quantum Information Processing with Spins in Cold Atomic Ensembles

    Ivan Deutsch, University of New Mexico

    Atomic spins are natural carriers of quantum information given their long coherence time and our capabilities to coherently control and measure them with magneto-optical fields. In this seminar I will describe two paradigms for quantum information processing with ensembles of spin in cold atoms. The strong electric dipole-dipole interactions arising when atoms are excited to high-lying Rydberg states is a powerful method for designing entangling interactions in neutral atoms.

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