Researchers in this new field are working to engineer the first generation of quantum computers—machines that, if built, will vastly outperform their "classical" counterparts. Because these devices will harness the remarkable properties of quantum mechanics, they will have the potential to solve problems deemed beyond the capabilities of even today's most powerful supercomputers.
David Cory, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing, is a pioneer in this cutting–edge field. Cory is engineering the tools needed to navigate, control and exploit the quantum world. Called quantum sensors and actuators, these tools will form the building blocks for future quantum computers and technologies we have only begun to envision.
Cory is leading a new experimental research centre at Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing—an international centre of excellence in quantum information science, which was launched thanks to the vision of Mike Lazaridis, co–CEO of Research in Motion (creator of the BlackBerry).
Over the past decade, the engineering of quantum systems has become a reality. Researchers are now aiming to deploy actual quantum devices. Canada, home to the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, has established itself as a leader in quantum information research. Cory's work at the Institute for Quantum Computing will help turn this research into practical quantum devices.