News archive - 2020

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

NSERC honours Donna Strickland with a new prize for research excellence

Donna Strickland

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is honouring Canada’s most recent science Nobel laureates by launching prizes in their names that will highlight Canadian research excellence.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Q & A with the experts: The problem with herd immunity and COVID-19

The “herd immunity strategy” has been discussed and largely rejected by scientists as a strategy to combat COVID-19.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Professor David Hawthorn’s lab uses x-rays to see waves of electrons in superconductors

Although physicists understand the properties of metals, insulators and semiconductors extremely well, the basic physics of high-temperature superconductors has remained a great mystery for over 30 years.

A new study using cutting edge experimental techniques by University of Waterloo researchers has now shed some light on the properties of one class of superconductor, known as cuprate superconductors, which have copper oxide layers inside of the material.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Training machine intelligence for quantum control

Nature Machine Intelligence cover, September 2020

Advanced simulations may one day be able to help us explore new frontiers in atomic physics, build new materials and discover new drugs. But first, researchers must find the best ways to control these simulations. New research featured on the September cover of Nature Machine Intelligence explores machine learning as a method for achieving optimal control.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Joint Canada-UK funding boosts quantum technology projects

Two Faculty of Science Professors are among the recipients of a joint Canada-UK grant that brings together industry, government and academia to accelerate the development of quantum technologies.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced the recipients of the funding at the UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase today.

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