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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Shaping photons on-demand

Illustration of superconducting circuit

Experiment finds way to increase photon efficiency for quantum communications

A team of researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) demonstrated a new type of on-demand single photon generator that can shape photons to increase their efficiency when used in a quantum network.

Next-generation communication networks will rely on the transmission of quantum information. Single photons, as carriers of quantum information, will play an integral role in building these future networks.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Quantum Quest Seed Fund seeks applicants

The Quantum Quest Seed Fund seeks applications from the broader university community to promote the development and application of new ideas in quantum devices. Funded through the Transformative Quantum Technologies (TQT) initiative, seed grants will be awarded to Waterloo researchers new to the quantum community and with opportunities to apply quantum properties in new or existing systems.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

IQC faculty member named Fellow of the American Physical Society

Norbert Lütkenhaus

Faculty member Norbert Lütkenhaus has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is recognized for his “pioneering theoretical contributions to the fields of quantum secure communications and optical quantum information processing.”

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Funding infrastructure awarded to Waterloo

Nine Waterloo researchers will receive more than $17 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation(CFI) for infrastructure to support their research.

The awards from CFI’s Innovation Fund were announced today by Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science. Waterloo researchers chosen for funding through the Innovation Fund are:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Flash fiction competition Quantum Shorts opens for entries

Quantum Shorts logo

The Institute for Quantum Computing is pleased to announce a call for entries to the Quantum Shorts flash fiction competition. The competition is open to stories up to 1000 words long that take inspiration from quantum physics and include the phrase “There are only two possibilities: yes or no”. The competition is free to enter, offering prizes of up to US $1500.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

New device offers simple and affordable way to identify optical coatings in the lab

Kayla Hardie in the optics lab

A light emitting diode (LED)-based spectrophotometer designed and implemented by Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) researchers is the first demonstration of characterizing optical coatings using a simple, automated device.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Scalable quantum computers within reach

Chip-to-chip bonding: Sketch and images of fabricated devices. Credit: M. Mariantoni and C.R. H. McRae.

Quantum machine learning and artificial intelligence, quantum-safe cryptography, and simulation of quantum systems all rely on the power of quantum computing.

A team of researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) have taken a step closer to realizing the powerful possibilities of a universal quantum computer. The Laboratory for Digital Quantum Matter, led by faculty member Matteo Mariantoni, is developing technologies for extensible quantum computing architectures based on superconducting quantum devices.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Quantum Machine Learning

Article by ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences

An international team of scientists presents a thorough review in Nature on quantum machine learning, its current status and future prospects.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

New research chair in quantum error correction

Raymond Laflamme

New research chair in quantum error correction demonstrates continued leadership by IQC and Waterloo in the pursuit of a quantum computer and in the development of other quantum technologies.  

WATERLOO, Ont. (Thursday, September 14) The University of Waterloo, in collaboration with Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis, has launched a new $8-million research chair to further solidify Waterloo’s leadership in quantum information research.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Women in physics: support networks, role models and relationships

Group photo of all Women in Physics Conference Canada attendees

Annual conference held at Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing

It’s well-known that more diversity among scientists will mean better outcomes for society.

And while passion will ultimately help scientists who belong to a marginalized group, women and others will also need a strong support network, role models and a good relationship with an academic supervisor, according to female scientists who shared their experiences at the recent Women in Physics Canada (WIPC) conference held at Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing.

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