David Cory, Canadian Excellence Research Chair and Climate Information Processing. The goal of our research is to build quantum devices. What we aim to do is to design these, fabricate them, test them and deploy them.
The accomplishment that my students have made that I'm most proud of, is the direct measurement of spin diffusion. This is an old, old problem originally defined in the 1950s, and it shows the real power of quantum mechanics. It shows that quantum mechanics can speed up processes. It was an open question from the 1950s all the way to 2000. And finally my student, WuRong Zhang, was able to directly measure this in the lab.
The reason I'm excited to come to the University of Waterloo, and Institute for Quantum Computing is to surround myself with people who share my passion.
The University of Waterloo has a centre dedicated to quantum information.
It's populated by scientists and engineers from across campus who are focused on building new quantum devices and understanding the power of quantum mechanics.
Then there's a Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics next door. There's a strong industry surrounding the university and there are individuals with great vision, pushing these technologies, like Mike Lazaridis.
The beneficial outcomes of the community's work in quantitative information processing is that a decade from now, there will be quantum devices that will enable us to solve problems we can't solve today. These devices will be relevant at the now structure, by making quantum sensors and quantum actuators, we'll have the tools to navigate the microscopic world.
The microscopic world will enable us new insight into bio‑molecules, new insight into computation, and new insight into spin‑tronic and magnetic devices.