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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New causal structures only found in the quantum world

Kevin Resch, Robert Spekkens, Katja Reid, and Jean-Phillipe MacLean

Last year, research from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) showed that in the quantum world, certain kinds of correlations do imply causation. This line of research has now expanded to the question of whether there are types of causal structures that exist in the quantum world but not in the classical world of our everyday lives. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Raymond Laflamme recognized for ground-breaking contributions to quantum research

Raymond Laflamme

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) and the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) have awarded Raymond Laflamme, Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Executive Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo, the 2017 CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics. The CAP-CRM prize recognizes research excellence in Canada.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Richard Epp and Michael Beazely recognized for Excellence in Science Teaching

Michael Beazely and Richard Epp

Excellence in teaching is both a tradition and a core mission of the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Science. Each year the Faculty of Science celebrates this dedication and superior teaching calibre by selecting up to two instructors to receive its highest teaching honour: the Excellence in Science Teaching Award (ESTA).

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Waterloo researchers capture first "image" of a dark matter web that connects galaxies

Dark matter filaments bridge the space between galaxies in this false colour map.

Astrophysicists at the University of Waterloo have been able to capture the first composite image of a dark matter bridge that connects galaxies together.

The composite image, which combines a number of individual images, confirms predictions that galaxies across the universe are tied together through a cosmic web connected by dark matter that has until now remained unobservable.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Waterloo joins consortium building the world’s best submillimeter-surveyor telescope

Site of the CCAT-p

A team of Canadian, American, and German scientists announced construction will soon begin on the Cerro Chajnantor Atacama Telescope-prime (CCAT-p).

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Waterloo Physicist receives funding for state-of-art quantum materials research

Dr. Jan Kycia

Jan Kycia is one of nineteen researchers from the University of Waterloo awarded funding through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), announced today by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

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.