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Welcome to the

Institute for Quantum Science and Technology

at the University of Calgary

The Institute for Quantum Science and Technology is a multidisciplinary group of researchers from the areas of Computer Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics. The goals of Calgary's Institute for Quantum Science and Technology are to conduct leading research in key theoretical and experimental topics of quantum science and technology, to provide excellent education and training in quantum science and technology and cognate areas, and to foster linkage between the Institute and other quantum science and technology institutes and with industrial partners.


To be a world leader in research and education in pure and applied quantum science and technology.

Mission Statement:

To advance quantum science and technology through interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach.

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Congratulations to Prof. Gilad Gour, Dr. Carlo Maria Scandolo, and the former undergraduate students John Burniston and Michael Grabowecky on their article "Necessary and sufficient conditions on measurements of quantum channels" published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 476: 20190832.

Technical abstract: Quantum supermaps are a higher-order generalization of quantum maps, taking quantum maps to quantum maps. It is known that any completely positive, trace non-increasing (CPTNI) map can be performed as part of a quantum measurement. By providing an explicit counterexample we show that, instead, not every quantum supermap sending a quantum channel to a CPTNI map can be realized in a measurement on quantum channels. We find that the supermaps that can be implemented in this way are exactly those transforming quantum channels into CPTNI maps even when tensored with the identity supermap. We link this result to the fact that the principle of causality fails in the theory of quantum supermaps.

Congratulations! Prof. Paul Barclay won the 2019 CAP Herzberg Medal.

Quantum Technology Dream Team Receives Major Innovation Fund

Congratulations! Rob Thompson has an article published in the Nature: Characterization of the 1S-2S transition in antihydrogen.

Congratulations! Ghazal Haji Salem is awarded an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship.

Congratulations! Barry Sanders has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

In the Media:

  • UCalgary News, 20 October 2020
    Formidable expertise in quantum computing earns postdoc award: A. Alase, B. C. Sanders and D. Feder
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  • University Affairs, 14 October 2020
    The quest to build a reliable quantum computer: Barry C. Sanders
    ( Original )

  • Physicsworld.com, 05 September 2020
    Molecule’s electronic structure is simulated on a quantum computer: Barry C. Sanders
    ( Original )

  • APS News, 26 August 2020
    The quantum internet will require bigger quantum science (back page/volume 29/number 8): Christoph Simon
    ( Original )

  • Globe and Mail, 06 August 2020
    CSIS warns about China’s efforts to recruit Canadian scientists: Barry C. Sanders
    ( Original )

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    Institute for Quantum Science and Technology
    University of Calgary
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    Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4

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