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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.

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.