Paving the way to Canada’s next big industry — the quantum information frontier

Ryan Saxby Hill
EurekAlert

Vancouver, B.C. — February 15, 2012 — We are on the cusp of a new information revolution — a quantum leap in technology — and the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo is leading the way. With the world’s largest concentration of researchers working to harness the forces of quantum mechanics, the institute stands to transform computing, communications and other technologies.

“We are learning to speak the language of the quantum realm — of atoms and electrons and molecules,” says IQC Executive Director Raymond Laflamme. “By controlling nature’s most fundamental forces, we can build incredible new technologies that will revolutionize how we process, store, share and understand information.”

Modern computers function according to the classical laws of physics, but a new model is emerging that is instead governed by the laws of quantum mechanics, which function at the atomic scale. Microchips have been steadily approaching this scale for more than 50 years and computers that function according to the laws of quantum mechanics promise to vastly outperform their classical counterparts.

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