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Attendees of the Semi-Quantum Computing workshop in 2016

On August 16-17 we organized (the first1) workshop on Semi-Quantum computing. It was a chance to discuss different approaches towards the first demonstration of a real quantum computational advantage. The approaches are seemingly very different, but many open challenges turn out to be similar.

USEQIP students take on the IBM Quantum Experience

Emily Tyhurst

The first time that the IBM Quantum Experience was used as a classroom educational tool was June 7 at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC).

Stories from the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

They say when you meet the love of your life, time stops, and that's true. What they don't tell you is that when it starts again, it moves extra fast to catch up.

 -Edward Bloom in Big Fish

When quantum correlations need a helping hand

Imagine you have a box with some switches and knobs, which displays a message on its screen every time you press the big red button that says "press me".

My experience with the IBM Quantum Experience

On Tuesday, June 7, 24 students attending the Undergraduate School for 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.

This was the first time that the platform was used as an educational tool in a classroom. Here's what one student, Michael Wolfe, an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, had to say about the experiment:

Ask not for which local-hidden-variable-theory the Bell tolls. It tolls for all.

The diagram of the Shalm lab setup

It looks like 2015 is the year of the loophole-free Bell test. Three different papers, with three very different p-values, all claim to put the final nail in the local-realistic coffin. I will compare the designs and results of the three experiments with an eye towards their strengths and weaknesses.[1] The three papers are, in order of experiment completion:

Anyone can understand quantum mechanics - Part 2

Head and tails sides of a Canadian one dollar coin

In Part 1 of this series I made the bold claim that, unlike what famous figures in science seemed to suggest, quantum mechanics is a beautiful and simple theory that is accessible to anyone who is enthusiastic about learning it. In Part 2, I am going to put my money where my mouth is and teach you the basics of quantum mechanics in four short lessons. Sound good?

Before we begin, there are two important points I need to clarify.

LIGHT Illuminated

LIGHT Illuminated graphic including list of sponsors

When I was a kid, I remember watching “Entrapment”, the 1999 movie where Catherine Zeta-Jones crawls through an intricate laser maze to steal a priceless art piece. Assisted by none other than Sean Connery, who plays a notorious thief specialized in international art, she defies the laser security system and returns with the prize. But for me, it was even better.

Live-tweeting QCrypt 2015

T-shirt: Dance like no one's watching. Encrypt like everyone is.

今日は Konnichiwa!

The 5th International conference on quantum cryptography (QCrypt) was held this year in beautiful Tokyo, Japan. QCrypt is the largest conference to focus entirely on quantum cryptography and it routinely gathers all the best researchers in the field from around the world.

An undergraduate's experience at IQC

Hi! I am a fourth year Engineering Physics student at Queen’s University. I spent this past summer at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) as part of the Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP). I was asked to talk a bit about my research and summer experience.

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Educational programs

QKD - Quantum Key Distribution Summer School

USEQIP - Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing

QCSYS - Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students

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