Measurement at the Quantum Limit

Thursday, February 12, 2009

IQC member awarded DARPA research grant.

Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) researcher Frank K. Wilhelm is part of a team including researchers from the University of Wisconsin and Syracuse University that has recently been awarded with a significant research grant by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The team will explore and realize quantum-limited measurements of microwave photons in superconducting nanocircuits, i.e., measurements that allow to extract all information that is allowed by nature. Ultimately, these measurements will allow to characterize quantum computing devices.
 
DARPA is the central research and development organization for the United States (U.S.) Department of Defense. They fund researchers in industry, universities, government laboratories and elsewhere to conduct high-risk, high-reward research and development projects that will benefit U.S. national security. DARPA research runs the gamut from conducting basic, fundamental scientific investigations in a laboratory setting to building full-scale prototypes of military systems. They fund research in a wide variety of scientific disciplines: biology, medicine, computer science, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, material sciences, social sciences, neuroscience, and more.
 

About IQC: Founded in 2002, the mission of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) is to aggressively explore and advance the application of quantum mechanical systems to a vast array of relevant information processing techniques.

 
A part of the University of Waterloo, IQC creates a truly unique environment that fosters cutting-edge research and collaboration between researchers in the areas of computer, engineering, mathematical and physical sciences.
 
At the time of this release, IQC has 17 faculty members, 20 postdoctoral fellows and over 73 students and research assistants, as well as a support staff of 10. 

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