Friday, December 31, 2021

Exterioir of Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC)As we wrap up another year in the quantum world, it’s amazing to reflect on the scientific discoveries and accomplishments. Researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) continue to push forward and build our understanding of quantum information science and technology.

Here’s a look back at some of the highlights:

January

Questing for a quantum solution
In his most recent collaboration with IBM Research, David Gosset, IQC and Faculty of Math professor, has developed classical algorithms to simulate certain restricted types of quantum computation.

Taking qubits to the next level
Ali Yurtalan, research associate at IQC, identified and addressed key challenges to control three-level quantum systems, qutrits, to process information instead of two-level systems, qubits.

May

New algorithm uses hologram control trapped ions
IQC researchers used a device normally found in cinema projectors to develop the most precise way to control individual ions using holographic optical engineering technology.

Testing quantum-secure communication in space
Thomas Jennewein, IQC and Faculty of Science professor, led an international collaboration testing a new approach for secure communication using satellite-based quantum technology.

IQC researchers observe unprecedented Hall effect
When it comes to observing a non-linear anomalous Hall effect, bigger is better. Wei Tsen, professor and Archana Tiwari, PhD student, observed the largest effect yet.

September

Groundbreaking technique yields important new details on possible “fifth force”
Researchers studying technologically crucial silicon crystals with a groundbreaking new technique have uncovered new information about an important subatomic particle and a long-theorized fifth force of nature.

October

Hot and cold: Controlling noise in a quantum satellite
The quantum internet is one step closer to reality as researchers have demonstrated an effective regime for controlling noise in the photon detectors of a quantum satellite.

November

Canadian researchers achieve first quantum simulation of baryons
Christine Muschik, IQC and Faculty of Science professor led the first-ever simulation of baryons—fundamental quantum particles—on a quantum computer.

As we move into 2022, IQC researchers continue to advance the field of quantum information and technology and will play a pivotal role leading Canada into the quantum age.

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