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New Electron Beam Lithography equipment at Quantum NanoFab

The Quantum NanoFab is used by many researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) to build new quantum structures for study in their labs. It is a cleanroom laboratory that uses technologies from the microelectronics industry in order to enable the fabrication of a variety of experimental quantum devices. As the Quantum NanoFab’s resident process engineer I would like to talk briefly about electron beam lithography in general and our new JEOL JBX-6300FS electron beam lithography tool in particular.

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

What I left with from RQI-N 2016

The IQC recently hosted a conference on Relativistic Quantum Information (RQI). My research falls within this field, which is a relatively-new, but quickly-expanding field which exists at the intersection of quantum information and relativity. By utilizing tools from these fields, RQI provides insights into the nature of gravity and the structure of spacetime, as well as how relativity can affect quantum information tasks.

What you can expect from RQI-N 2016

The decade of the 2000s has seen the birth of the fast-growing field of Relativistic Quantum Information (RQI). RQI brings together the two pillars of modern physics, general relativity and quantum theory, with information theory. Results in the field of RQI range from new insights into the laws of Nature (e.g., black hole physics and cosmology) all the way to concrete applications in quantum computing and quantum-secured communication.

Tomography turns out to be harder than expected

Recently, I had a very interesting discussion with Joel Klassen, one of the PhD students here at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC). He's been working on a problem that is closely related to that of quantum marginals.

QIP 2016

Elk in the winter

Quantum Information Processing (QIP) is a conference held each year about quantum computation and quantum information that brings out a large portion of the quantum computing community. The QIP conference started in 1998, and has continued annually. QIP 2016 marks the 19th gathering of scientists and researchers from around the world to join together and discuss various aspects of this specialized field.

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.

Anyone can understand quantum mechanics - Part 1

You know what I always say: anyone can understand quantum mechanics!

Pixar’s delightful movie Ratatouille – an animated film inspired by the world of French haute cuisine – features two characters with opposing views on cooking. On one hand we have Gusteau, a jolly and chubby chef with an optimistic message that he constantly repeats in his books and TV shows:

Diversity matters

Why does it matter? For Steve Woods, Google’s Senior Engineering Director, it’s a solid business strategy. He should know, Google in Canada has been awarded best workplace in Canada five consecutive years (2011-2015).

On June 17, I attended a Communitech session called Great people build great companies. Woods shared that to stay competitive, businesses need diversity because sustainable companies are grounded in diverse ideas. His presentation was impressive and it was obvious that he deeply cares.

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