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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

New 3-D wiring technique brings scalable quantum computers closer to reality

Photograph of a quantum socket, developed at the Institute for Quantum Computing

Physicists and electrical engineers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Waterloo-led experiment achieves the strongest coupling between light and matter

Illustration showing a qubit attached to a waveguide where light in the form of microwaves enters and exits.

Researchers in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) recorded an interaction between light and matter 10 times larger than previously seen. The strength of the interaction between photons and a qubit was so large that it opens the door to a realm of physics and applications unattainable until now.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Stephanie Swanson and Emily Carlson receive University of Waterloo HeForShe IMPACT Scholarships

Incoming Science students Stephanie Swanson (pictured left) and Emily Carlson (pictured right)

Six young women entering STEM disciplines have been awarded a 2016 University of Waterloo HeForShe IMPACT scholarship. 

Incoming Science students Stephanie Swanson (pictured left) and Emily Carlson (pictured right) were among the recipients.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Physics student Anya Forestell speaks at HeForShe Anniversary event in NYC

Anya Forestell at MOMA

Anya Forestell, a student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, spoke today at the second anniversary celebration of the UN Women's HeForShe movement for gender equity.

Forestell shared her experiences as being a woman in STEM. The event was held at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) event in New York City.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Putting Einstein’s theory of general relativity to the test

Waterloo astrophysicists will test Einstein’s theory within a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

New magnetic slush model offers new approach to modeling glasses

hydrogen mapping in spin slush

Waterloo physicist Michel Gingras and post-doctoral fellow Jeffrey Rau have succeeded in describing the mixed frozen and dynamical behaviour of glasses by adapting a theoretical model originally designed to study a class of magnetic materials called spin ices.

The results of their investigation were recently published in Nature Communications.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Accessing the eye as a window to the brain

A study involving University of Waterloo researchers presented this week at the 2016 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Toronto highlight a new diagnostic tool that can identify Alzheimer’s disease long before the onset of symptoms.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A new look at the galaxy-shaping power of black holes

Data from a now-defunct X-ray satellite is providing new insights into the complex tug-of-war between galaxies, the hot plasma that surrounds them, and the giant black holes that lurk in their centres.  

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Canadian Association of Physicists honours several UWaterloo researchers

The 2016 Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Congress was held June 12 - 17 in Ottawa, Ontario. Awards for outstanding research were presented at the Recognition Gala on June 16.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Computing a secret, unbreakable key

Diagrammatic explanation of QKD security

What once took months by some of the world’s leading mathematicians can now be done in seconds by undergraduate students thanks to software developed at the University of Waterloo, paving the way for fast, secure quantum communication.

Physicists at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo developed the first available software to evaluate the security of any protocol for Quantum Key Distribution (QKD).