Introducing three new associate faculty at Perimeter Institute
Three new Associate Faculty members have joined Perimeter, further strengthening the Institute’s efforts in quantum computing and astrophysics.
Perimeter’s Associate program bolsters the Institute’s research and strengthens ties to partner universities. Perimeter now has 21 Associate Faculty cross-appointed with nine universities across Canada.
Debbie Leung is a specialist in theoretical quantum information processing. A faculty member at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo, Leung studies the fundamental properties of quantum information. Her work touches on quantum error correcting codes, properties of entanglement, quantum cryptography, and quantum communications.
Christine Muschik, leader of the quantum optics theory group at IQC, works on developing novel methods for quantum information processing and on quantum simulations of problems from high energy physics. Her ultimate goal is to understand the fundamental building blocks of nature. As a Perimeter Associate, these efforts will get a boost: Muschik recently launched the Quantum Simulations of Fundamental Interactions (QFUN) research initiative, a joint venture between Perimeter and IQC that brings together researchers and disciplines to develop new techniques for quantum simulations of quantum field theories.
Strong gravity researcher Daniel Siegel, based at the University of Guelph, uses supercomputers to simulate violent cosmic events like the collision of two neutron stars. These simulations allow him to pursue a broad range of research interests including gravitational physics, nuclear astrophysics, high-energy astrophysics, and transient astronomy.
Siegel says his work will benefit from coming to Perimeter. “In the upcoming era of gravitational-wave and multi-messenger astrophysics, there will be an immense demand for providing interpretation and meaning, from fundamental theory to observations of new phenomena and surprises,” he says.
“I perceive Perimeter as a place where exactly this can be done. It puts us into the lucky position to also learn about fundamental theory from observations.”
Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement.