Facilities and labs

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre

Constructed to the most stringent scientific standards — including controls for vibration, temperature, humidity, electromagnetic radiation and more — the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC) enables quantum information research at the highest international level.

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Laboratories and technical specifications

  1. Superconducting qubits (solid-state and low temperature)
  2. Atomic & ion-trapping quantum information processing
  3. Quantum optics
  4. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)/spin-based quantum information processing
  5. Quantum communication/cryptography

The laboratories are equipped with the following:

  • Temperature control: +/- 0.1°C
  • Humidity range: 45% +/- 3%
  • Vibration rating: VC-E (less than 3 um floor deflection/sec)
  • Acoustic rating: NC-30
  • Radio Frequency Interference/Electromagnetic Interference (RFI/EMI) shielding: Substantially better than 1mG peak-to-peak

Quantum-Nano Fabrication and Characterization facility

A Canadian technology company stayed in Ontario because of the training and tools offered by the QNFCF, without this resource, the company would have had to relocate to the United States to be close to fabrication facilities at Cornell or Stanford Universities.

Propel your research in Waterloo’s world-class facility — the Quantum-Nano Fabrication and Characterization facility — which is open to academia, the community, industry and government. QNFCF is committed to support your research output and offers its members: characterized and stable baseline processes, nanofabrication process support, detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and outstanding customer service.
In QNFCF, formerly known as the Quantum NanoFab, you will find a substantial cleanroom that contains ISO 4, 5, and 6 certified process bays, a space for processing of a wide range of materials, and a packaging and device assembly lab for backend processing of fabricated devices. It also has several satellite labs devoted to Focused Ion Beam (FIB) processing, Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), clean assembly and other activities.

Quantum Exploration Space

Showcase quantum technologies and engage industry partners directly. This facility will bring together quantum experts and industry in an interactive environment to facilitate the discovery of quantum solutions to some of industry's most pressing challenges. The space will be outfitted with quantum technologies and staffed with experts to assist groups in their discovery of the impact of quantum.

A recipient of $76 million in Canada First Research Excellence Funds, TQT is dedicating seven years and over $144 million to tackling quantum challenges that will drive breakthroughs.