Monday, June 7, 2021

Modeling the mysteries of the universe, closer to home

At first glance, astrophysics may not seem to have much in common with tracking and predicting the spread of a global virus. But to Professor Niayesh Afshordi, the link was clear – even early last year as our collective reaction to COVID-19 played out in real time.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Advanced technology may give new insights into dark energy

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), which started its main survey of the Universe on May 17 this year will allow researchers, including astrophysicists at the University of Waterloo, to study dark energy in ways that have not been possible before.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Researchers test new approach to quantum-secured communication in space

Researchers from Canada and the United Kingdom will test a new approach for secure communication using satellite-based quantum technology.

Led by Thomas Jennewein, a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Quantum Computing, researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing the Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite (QEYSSat), with a quantum key distribution payload that will allow the transmission of unbreakable keys for securing information.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Bruce Torrie

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bruce Torrie, a faculty member of the Department of Physics & Astronomy for 38 years. He retired on July 1, 2003 after which he became Professor Emeritus with adjunct faculty status in the Department. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

New algorithm uses a hologram to control trapped ions

Researchers have discovered the most precise way to control individual ions using holographic optical engineering technology.

The new technology uses the first known holographic optical engineering device to control trapped ion qubits. This technology promises to help create more precise controls of qubits that will aid the development of quantum industry-specific hardware to further new quantum simulation experiments and potentially quantum error correction processes for trapped ion qubits.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Brenda Lee receives the 2021 Excellence in Science Teaching Award

Professor Brenda Lee is a very bright, creative and hard-working educator in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. She is an instructor who consistently demonstrates sensitivity to student needs ensuring that weaker students are not left behind using the right balance of rigor and compassion. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

IQC researchers honoured for excellence in scientific outreach

The David Johnston Award for Scientific Outreach recognizes students dedicated to promoting public awareness of quantum research and science in the community.

Friday, April 9, 2021

The origin of water on planets in our universe

Water is essential for life as we know it – water makes up around 70% of the human body, covers about 70% of the planet Earth, has been found in the far reaches of our universe, and is at the centre of our search for habitable planets around other stars.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Black hole breakthrough: New images show magnetic fields around M87*

The black hole at the centre of the M87 galaxy is like a giant fire-breathing dragon that spews enormous jets of energetic particles at near light speeds across some 5,000 light years of space.

A new view of this black hole in polarized light, released today by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, will help astrophysicists understand just how those jets are launched by this monstrous black hole.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Canadian astronomers to see how the universe formed with help of new $4.9 million grant

A team of Canadian researchers led by University of Waterloo professor Michel Fich have been awarded $4.9 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to build a next generation telescope.

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