NSERC Discovery Grants Announced

Friday, April 17, 2009

Dr. Lupascu receives highest grant for a newcomer

The Honourable Gary Goodyear announced today the recipients of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grants at the University of Waterloo.

Among them, Dr. Adrian Lupascu of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) received the highest NSERC Discovery Grant ever presented to a newcomer. Lupascu's research program, "Scalable quantum computing with superconducting circuits"  will address the development of practical tools for controlling and reading-out the state of a few qubits, based on frequency multiplexing.

"These tools will be used for the generation of entangled states and for the study of decoherence in a many-qubit system," explains Lupascu. "In another direction of research, the potential of microwave photons for quantum information processing will be investigated." 

IQC Director, Dr. Raymond Laflamme notes, "Adrian's achievement is impressive and a great testimony of the quality of faculty that IQC is able to recruit." Receiving a total of $67,700 this funding will be used primarily for supporting two graduate students and two postdoctoral fellows under Dr. Lupascu's supervision. Dr. Lupascu recently joined IQC in March as a Faculty Member and is cross-appointed as an Associate Professor in the Physics department at Waterloo

The NSERC Discovery Grants Program supports ongoing programs of research with long-term goals. They recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances.For more information, please visit the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada


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 18 faculty members, 20 postdoctoral fellows and over 73 students and research assistants, as well as a support staff of 10.

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