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Quantum information pioneer Raymond Laflamme takes on new Chair


Former IQC Director targets the problems impeding efforts to create a robust quantum computer.

When Raymond Laflamme stepped down after 15 years as the director of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo this past summer, he said he was excited to devote himself fully to research again.

A new $8 million research chair at the University of Waterloo will enable him to do just that.

The Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis "John von Neumann" Chair in Quantum Information, announced last week during the Waterloo Innovation Summit, will support Laflamme’s groundbreaking work on quantum error correction.

A pioneer in quantum information theory and experiments, Laflamme's current work explores ways to protect quantum information from phenomena like decoherence and other quantum noise – a vital step towards developing robust quantum computing.

Speaking at the Waterloo Innovation Summit, Perimeter and IQC founder Mike Lazaridis said Laflamme is broadly recognized as a world leader in his field.

"His research contributions have led the development of quantum control, which is a building block to realizing quantum computing," he said.

Laflamme, who is Associate Faculty at Perimeter, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal, and this year won the CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics.

 

Institut Périmètre de Physique Théorique

L'Institut Périmètre est le plus grand centre de recherche en physique théorique au monde. Fondé en 1999, cet institut indépendant vise à favoriser les percées dans la compréhension fondamentale de notre univers, des plus infimes particules au cosmos tout entier. Les recherches effectuées à l’Institut Périmètre reposent sur l'idée que la science fondamentale fait progresser le savoir humain et catalyse l'innovation, et que la physique théorique d'aujourd'hui est la technologie de demain. Situé dans la région de Waterloo, cet établissement sans but lucratif met de l'avant un partenariat public-privé unique en son genre avec entre autres les gouvernements de l'Ontario et du Canada. Il facilite la recherche de pointe, forme la prochaine génération de pionniers de la science et communique le pouvoir de la physique grâce à des programmes primés d'éducation et de vulgarisation.

 

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