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Thursday, December 22, 2016

We've got photons!

Jeongwan Jin and Christopher Pugh adjusting the receiver in the Twin Otter plane

Institute for Quantum Computing researchers first to demonstrate an uplink to an airborne quantum satellite receiver prototype for secure quantum communication 

Photo credit: NRC

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Researchers successfully demonstrate prototype for space-based quantum-secured communication

A secure uplink is created between Alice and Bob as the NRC's Twin Otter Airborne Research Aircraft flies overhead.

Waterloo, Ont. (Wednesday, December 21, 2016) — Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo in Canada are the first to transmit a quantum key securely from a source on the ground to a receiver on an aircraft. The uplink is a prototype for secure quantum communication and shows the viability of the team’s quantum communication satellite mission (QEYSSat) proposal.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Photonic entanglement takes on a new shape

Experimental setup for photonic entanglement shaping

A team of researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) has developed a process for reshaping the entanglement of two photons, demonstrating a new set of tools useful for quantum-state engineering.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Visualizing randomness

Randomness: A visual study of the Big Bell Test

Local artist creates visual project from random BIG Bell Test data

Do atoms behave differently when we are not looking at them?

The Bell test seeks to catch quantum particles “talking” to each other by matching their answers (output), to the questions asked (measurement). Unpredictable and independent input is one condition needed to perform Bell test experiments. Last week, the BIG Bell Test (BBT) brought true human unpredictability and randomness to the first ever human-driven Bell test.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Waterloo celebrates $11 million in awards from NSERC and CRC

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program has awarded more than $11 million to the University of Waterloo which includes $1.7 million to an affiliate of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC).

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Quantum Innovators participants join IQC faculty

Rajibul Islam and Crystal Senko

Two alumni attendees of the Institute for Quantum Computing’s (IQC) 2015 Quantum Innovators (QI) workshop joined IQC as faculty members on November 2. The workshop, held each year, brings the most promising researchers exploring the frontiers of quantum physics and engineering to IQC. Experimentalists K. Rajibul Islam and Crystal Senko have been jointly appointed as Assistant Professors with IQC and the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Research by IQC postdoctoral fellow recognized for excellence

Zhe Liu, postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization in the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, received the 2016 FNR Outstanding PhD Thesis award for his research on the security of wireless sensor networks (WSNs). The FNR Awards recognize outstanding researchers and science communicators for excellence in research and science communication.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

New 3-D wiring technique brings scalable quantum computers closer to reality

A quantum socket

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.

Monday, October 17, 2016

IQC welcomes Jon Yard as new faculty member

Jon Yard joins the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) as Associate Professor from Microsoft’s Research Station Q team. He is jointly appointed with the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization in the Faculty of Mathematics and as an Associate Faculty member with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI).

Thursday, October 13, 2016

UWaterloo exhibition sparks curiosity in quantum science

Image of Schrödinger's Cat

A new science exhibition from the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) aims to make quantum science and technology more accessible for everyone.

QUANTUM: The Exhibition features interactive activities, games and videos to engage visitors in quantum concepts including superposition, entanglement and wave/particle duality. It opens to the public on Friday, October 14 at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener and runs until January 2017.

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