News archive - May 2021

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.

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