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About the Institute

  • The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) is a leading institute for quantum information research based at the University of Waterloo
  • IQC is one of the world’s largest concentration of quantum information research
  • Officially launched in 2002, with Prof. Raymond Laflamme as executive director and Michele Mosca as deputy director
  • The institute is the result of a strong partnership between private philanthropy, the public sector and academia
  • IQC was launched thanks to the vision of Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis, who have donated more than $100 million since 2002
  • Optics labIQC research aims to harness and control the properties of quantum mechanics to develop powerful new technologies spanning computing, communications, sensing and other fields
  • Harnessing quantum phenomena such as “entanglement” and “superposition” are known to provide incredible technological benefits
  • The first wave of practical quantum technologies are already emerging from IQC labs and entering the marketplace
  • As of January 1, 2017, IQC personnel includes 26 faculty members, three research assistant professors, 36 postdoctoral fellows and over 100 students

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About the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre

IQC’s permanent headquarters, the state-of-the-art Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, opened on September 21, 2012. The 285,000-square-foot facility is custom-built for quantum research:

  • Shared between the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN)
  • Meets the highest scientific standards for control of vibration, humidity, electromagnetic radiation and temperature
  • Shared cleanroom/fabrication facility enables design of structures billionths of a metre in size
  • Highly convertible “mind spaces” accommodated conferences, lectures and more
  • Six-storey atrium with floating staircase provides common ground for scientists of all disciplines to meet and collaborate
  • Outside the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Centre looking at the IQC side of the buildingVertical windows of varying reflectivity/transparency on IQC side metaphorically signify quantum superposition; honeycomb pattern on WIN side represents strong natural nanostructures.

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Institute for Quantum Computing
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave. West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
N2L 3G1

Phone: 519-888-4021
Fax: 519-888-7610