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Waterloo's Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland received top honours from Canada and France last week in Ottawa for her contributions to science. She was appointed the Companion of the Order of Canada medal and named a Knight of the Legion of Honour.

Quantum superposition is not just a property of subatomic particles but also of the most massive objects in the universe. That is the conclusion of four theoretical physicists in Australia and Canada who calculated the hypothetical response of a particle detector placed some distance from a black hole.

A team of researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) have found a new tunable pathway to manipulate nanoscale magnetic structures known as skyrmions.

Their results advance efforts to access different configurations of these structures and increase their stability for magnetic memory applications, such as using these structures as new types of bits in classical or quantum computers.

After a memorable and inspiring premiere year, the Master of Science Degree in Physics with a specialization in Quantum Technology program has come to a close. The year saw a whirlwind of exciting learning that paved the way for the initial cohort of master’s students to embark on their own journeys to learn about quantum technology. Quantum technology breakthroughs are transforming the world, with applications in medicine, security, communications, and many other fields.

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) has established a new Fellowship Program. Waterloo's Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland, a professor from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was named one of the first Fellows of CAP.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

What comes after quantum?

En français

Quantum theory, the physics of the very small, helps us to understand nature and our world by explaining and predicting the behaviour of atoms and molecules. Researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) are interested in what comes after quantum theory, specifically the possibility of a broader theory that replaces quantum theory as a more complete description of nature.

Donna Strickland, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo and Nobel laureate in physics, was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), considered the most prestigious honorary scientific society in the United States.