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Monday, February 20, 2017

Physics competes in Science’s 3MT heat

group photo of 3MT science heat competitors

The annual Faculty of Science Three Minute Thesis heat returned this week.  More than twenty graduate students from all six units gathered to compete and describe their research in less than three minutes, using only one slide.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Powerful Radio Jets Surprising Fuel Source for Star Formation and Supermassive Black Hole

Radio jets from the supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy in the Phoenix Cluster

Astronomers have discovered that powerful radio jets from a supermassive black hole – which normally suppress star formation – are actually stimulating the production of cold gas in the galaxy’s halo, proving the existence of a powerful feedback mechanism that potentially fuels future star birth.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Machine learning opens new avenues in condensed matter physics research

iStock image - ribbons of binary converging in a pool of light

Two physicists from the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics have succeeded in using machine learning to “recognize” phases of matter.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Study reveals evidence that the universe is a hologram

Cosmic Rosebud. Credit: NASA

A new infrared image from NASA Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows a cosmic rosebud blossoming with new stars.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Did light break its own speed limit?

iStock image of warp space travel faster than the speed of light

Waterloo astrophysicist makes international news exploring the puzzle at the heart of the Big Bang.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Counting black holes like fireflies in the night

Stock image of space with gravitational lensing applied

Astrophysicist Avery Broderick and PhD student Mansour Karami, along with colleagues from the United States and Iran, have developed a method that will shine a light on the elusive nature of black holes.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Photonic entanglement takes on a new shape

Photon shaping experimental setup

Researchers from Waterloo’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) have developed a process for reshaping the entanglement of two photons, demonstrating a new set of tools useful for quantum-state engineering.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Evolving the infrastructure of cybersecurity

Quantum circuits

Waterloo researchers in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Quantum Computing are on the fast-track to developing high-performance software to assist with cybersecurity risk in quantum computing.  

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.