November 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT
Martin Laforest

Quantum + Beer

Thursday, November 1
7:30 pm
Patent Social - 17 Erb Street East, Waterloo

Experience the unique combination of quantum physics and craft beer and learn how they are anecdotally intertwined.

Friday, November 2, 2018 — 11:45 AM EDT

Topological cavity states in two-dimensional photonic/phononic chips

Jian-Hua Jiang, School of Physical Science and Technology, Soochow University

Friday, November 9, 2018 — 4:30 PM EST

Raymond Laflamme, Department of Physics and Astronomy; Institute for Quantum Computing

Stephen Hawking passed away leaving behind a transformed view of the cosmos. He proved that time had a beginning if Einstein's general relativity is correct, that black ain't so black after all and he proposed that the Universe can be described by a quantum mechanical wave function with no edge or boundaries. From 1984 to 1988 I was one of Stephen's graduate students and worked on quantum cosmology and the arrow of time which earned me a quote in the book: "A Brief History of Time".

Thursday, November 15, 2018 — 7:00 PM EST
Artist's rendition of quantum entanglement

QUANTUM + Pop Culture

“Quantum physics” has taken its position with “rocket science” in pop culture as a shorthand for frighteningly complicated science. Quantum physics has also taken on a sort of magical connotation in fiction, with features like entanglement, superposition, and tunneling spurring imagination. But where does the science draw the line? How much is joyful speculation, and how much is disregard for reality? And if it’s always seen as either magical or scary, how does that affect the perception of quantum science?

Monday, November 19, 2018 — 2:30 PM EST

Henry Yuen, University of Toronto

An outstanding open question in quantum information theory concerns the computational complexity of nonlocal games. in a nonlocal game, a classical verifier interacts with multiple players that cannot communicate, but are allowed to share entanglement. In a recent breakthrough result, Slofstra showed that the following problem is undecidable: given a nonlocal game, is there a quantum strategy for the players to win with probability 1?

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 — 12:00 PM EST

The 2nd of the ninth session of the IP lecture series (3) hosted by CW21 will be launched on Tuesday, Nov 20th at noon.

Light sandwiches and beverages will be provided by RSVP.

Details of the session:

What is patentable?

When: Tuesday, Nov 20th at noon 

Where: QNC1201

Thursday, November 22, 2018 — 2:00 PM EST

Jun Fan, City University of Hong Kong

Friday, November 23, 2018 — 11:45 AM EST

Neutron whispering gallery

Dr Valery Nesvizhevsky, European Centre for Neutron Research, Institut Laue-Langevin

The "whispering gallery" effect has been known since ancient times for sound waves in air, later in water and more recently for a broad range of electromagnetic waves: radio, optics, Roentgen and so on. It consists of wave localization near a curved reflecting surface and is expected for waves of various natures, for instance, for atoms and neutrons. For matter waves, it would include a new feature: a massive particle would be settled in quantum states, with parameters depending on its mass. In 2010, we observed the quantum whispering gallery effect for cold neutrons and since then continue increasing the precision in these experiments.

Monday, November 26, 2018 — 2:00 PM EST

Li Liu

Entanglement is a type of resource used in quantum information theory that gives correlations that cannot be simulated using classical probability theory. It is known that entanglement cannot be created locally. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 — 1:00 PM EST

Ludwig Mathey, University of Hamburg

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 — 5:30 PM EST

The "blood, sweat, tears, toil and triumphs" of commercializing technology

Marc Morin is the co-founder and CEO of Auvik Networks, creators of cloud-based software that makes it dramatically easier for IT managed service providers to monitor and manage their clients' IT networks. A serial entrepreneur, Marc has previously co-founded several successful companies, including PixStream (acquired by Cisco for USD$369 million) and Sandvine (Sold to Francisco Partners for CAD$582 million), and is a seed investor in a number of local tech companies.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 — 1:30 PM EST

Swati Singh, University of Delaware

When properly engineered, simple quantum systems such as harmonic oscillators or spins can be excellent detectors of feeble forces and fields. Following a general introduction to this fast growing area of research I will focus on two simple and experimentally realizable examples: a nitrogen vacancy (NV) center in diamond interacting with its many-body environment, and acoustic modes of superfluid helium interacting with gravitational waves.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 — 3:00 PM EST

Dhinakaran Vinayagamurthy

Trusted-execution environments (TEE) like Intel SGX provide a promise for practical secure computations on users' sensitive data in untrusted computing environments like cloud and blockchains. TEEs are designed using a combination of hardware enforced access controls and cryptography. While there is extensive research on attacking and hardening the access control mechanisms, the advent of quantum computers also requires hardening the cryptography used by TEEs for their long-term security against quantum adversaries.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 — 5:30 PM EST

FemPhys' annual mentoring night is back! And this time we are co-hosting it with the Perimeter Institute. 

Come meet and mingle with tons of STEM mentors from all over the world. Free food will be provided by Perimeter's amazing Black Hole Bistro.

Friday, November 30, 2018 (all day) to Sunday, December 2, 2018 (all day) to Sunday, December 2, 2018 (All day)
Schrödinger's Class logo

Quantum technology for the curriculum

Join us for three days at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) for Schrödinger's Class November 30 – Decemeber 2, 2018. You will have the opportunity to attend lectures and engage in hands-on activities focused on the integration of quantum technology into the current teaching curriculum. We will discuss quantum information science and technology to give you a deeper understanding of quantum mechanics.

The deadline to apply is Monday, October 22, 2018.

Friday, November 30, 2018 — 11:00 AM EST

Hakop Pashayan, The University of Sydney

Friday, November 30, 2018 — 12:30 PM EST

Nadine Stritzelberger

In this seminar I will discuss my research, which is concerned with three different topics in the related fields of Quantum Theory, General Relativity and Cosmology.

Friday, November 30, 2018 — 1:00 PM EST
Olivia Di Matteo

Methods for parallel quantum circuit synthesis, fault-tolerant quantum RAM, and quantum state tomography

PhD Candidate: Olivia Di Matteo
Supervisor: Michele Mosca

Thesis available from the Science graduate office, PHY 2013.

Oral defence in QNC B204.

Friday, November 30, 2018 — 2:30 PM EST

What does it mean to ask feminist questions of the worlds we study?

Join Aryn Martin from York University in a talk about addressing this question and whether having more women in science is the same as having more feminism in science.

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