University of Calgary’s New Nano-Fabrication ‘Foundry’ Will Advance Quantum Network Devices
(UCalgary.edu) The University of Calgary’s Institute for Quantum Science and Technology, which have collaborated with colleagues at the NRC Nanotechnology Research Centre and the University of Alberta for for nine years in federally and provincially funded projects, have together been awarded more than $5.2 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
The project is one of five UCalgary-led projects to be awarded CFI Innovation funding for infrastructure investments. “We are tremendously proud of our scholars’ success in this competition,” says Dr. William Ghali, vice-president (research).
The University of Calgary is recognized internationally as a leader in quantum photonics. The field involves developing micro- and nano-scale (about 100 times smaller than the width of a human hair) circuits for transmitting and manipulating light containing quantum bits of information, or qubits.=
One example of UCalgary’s prominence is that research groups at MIT and Stanford have adopted the physicist Dr. Paul Barclay, PhD, group’s technique for fabricating diamond quantum photonic devices.
“The research groups we have here are excellent, with global leaders in the field, and the University of Calgary has been a quantum centre for a long time,” Barclay says.
Dr. Daniel Oblak, PhD, assistant professor of physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is a quantum memory expert whose group builds devices for quantum memory, using larger crystals than the diamond micro-chips used by Barclay’s group.