University of Waterloo
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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
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Understanding the nature of light and matter, and interactions between them, is at the forefront of modern science and technology. Controlling properties of light with matter and vice versa are major themes of research in photonics and Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) physics. Advancements in AMO physics are responsible for fundamental discoveries, such as new quantum phases of matter, as well as technical inventions improving our lives, such as high intensity lasers revolutionizing eye surgeries and the atomic clocks used on GPS satellites.
Waterloo scientists researching on light are engaged in understanding its fundamental properties and technical applications, ranging from single-photon experiments to the creation of intense laser pulses, with pioneering applications in biomedical fields and quantum information processing. Researchers working with atomic and molecular systems are creating synthetic quantum matter made of laser-cooled atoms, for gaining insights into the vastly complicated world of many-particle quantum physics and potential applications in quantum computing.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.