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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Physicists successfully demonstrate prototype for space-based quantum-secured communication

Postdoctoral fellow Jeongwan Jin and PhD candidate Christopher Pugh (Source NRC).

Researchers from the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo are the first to transmit a quantum key securely from a source on the ground to a receiver on an aircraft.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Waterloo biologist part of a research collaboration creating new genetic toolbox

Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) picture of S. meliloti cells, filled with bioplastics granules (credit: G. Meglei)

Waterloo biologist Trevor Charles is part of a newly formed collaboration that has received $250,000 in funding from Genome Canada’s Disruptive Innovations in Genomics (DIG) program to retool a well-studied bacterial strain into accepting genetic material from other bacterial species.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Counting black holes like fireflies in the night

Stock image of space background with gravitational lensing.

Waterloo 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.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Photonic entanglement takes on a new shape

The experimental setup for photon shaping.

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.