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Verna J Kirkness Scholars at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute

Posted: May 26, 2017

During the week of May 15-19, 2017 Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute hosted the participants of Verna J. Kirkness Engineering and Science Program. Three students from Rorketon, Manitoba — Madison Mazier, Brigitte Swampy, Kaleb Geisen — and Alanna Eastman from Alberta had the opportunity to work with Ph.D. students Marta Zonno and Pascal Nigge from […]

2017 Canadian Physics Olympiad students at Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute.

Posted: May 24, 2017

On Tuesday, May 24, 2017, the students participating in the national finals of the Canadian Physics Olympiad at UBC were invited to visit the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute and, accompanied by Dr. Andrzej Kotlicki, participated in a tour of the new facilities. Led by Research Associates James Day and Georgio Levy, the group visited […]

International Partnership Advances Quantum Materials Research & Innovation

Posted: April 25, 2017

The University of Tokyo has formally joined the SBQMI, UBC and the Max Planck Society in an international partnership designed to advance quantum materials research and innovation. The new partnership will create the Max Planck – UBC – UTokyo Centre for Quantum Materials, an expansion of the original Max Planck-UBC Centre for Quantum Materials, established in 2010. UTokyo […]

2017 Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair at UBC at Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute

Posted: April 11, 2017

On Friday 7 April, Walter Hardy hosted a dozen visitors to the SBQMI for a “Low Temperatures and Superconductivity” lab tour. The visitors were high school students, on campus to compete in the 2017 Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair, hosted by UBC. In the picture, Walter is showing superconductivity with a table-top demo. Using liquid […]

Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute’s Ellen Schelew 3rd in UBC 3MT competition

Posted: April 5, 2017

  Ellen Schelew (left), who received an honourable mention, with Michele Murphy.   Congratulations to SBQMI’s graduate student Ellen Schelew (her supervisor is Jeff Young) for placing third in the UBC 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. Her talk, “Secure Communication with Quantum Information,” also received People’s Choice Award during the PHAS heat of the 3MT. 3MT is […]

Quantum Levitation Track created by St.George’s grade 7 students, Tobin and Joshua

Posted: March 29, 2017

Tobin Gladders and Joshua Dar Santos, the 12- year old grade 7 students from St.George’s School in Vancouver visited Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (QMI) to get professional advice on how to construct a small-scale prototype of a quantum levitation track. The result of their work can be seen here. Tobin and Joshua presented their […]

Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at the 2017 BC Tech Summit, March 14-15, 2017

Posted: March 14, 2017

The BC Tech Summit is a two-day event celebrating BC technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. The conference features dynamic speakers and interactive sessions, and covers the most important topics affecting today’s technology leaders and experts. On the opening day of the summit, Andrea Damascelli delivered a talk at the plenary session: “The Quantum Effect: How BC Tech […]

Young Physics Enthusiasts from St. George’s School visit Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute

Posted: February 7, 2017

It was a great pleasure to welcome Tobin Gladders and Joshua Dar Santos, the 12- year old grade 7 students from St. George’s School in Vancouver at Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (QMI). St. George’s School is famous for organizing an annual science fair called Wonder Expo where students present ways of improving human lives and […]

Quantum: The Exhibition

Posted: January 19, 2017

Quantum information technologies are poised to again transform how we live, work and play. QUANTUM: The Exhibition is the first-ever travelling show exhibition on quantum information science and technology. The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) is pleased to be the Presenting Sponsor of the exhibition for its BC showing at Science World. Visitors to […]

Stewart Blusson – Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Posted: September 12, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Royal Society of Canada will honour Stewart Blusson this year with the title of Specially Elected Fellow. Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) comprises the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences; in addition to Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of […]

Algebraic structures in quantum computation

Posted: April 21, 2016

Algebraic Structures in Quantum Computation Program  The purpose of the workshop is to discuss in a small setting the recent advances in our understanding of quantum computation through algebraic methods. Topics include: Quantum algorithms Generalized stabilizer formalisms Symmetry-protected topological order and group cohomology Discrete Wigner functions and contextuality of quantum mechanics Quantum reference frames Quantum […]

Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute launched with $11-million gift

Posted: April 1, 2016

Vancouver-based diamond pioneer and philanthropist Stewart Blusson and his wife, Marilyn, have donated $11 million to quantum materials research at UBC. In recognition of the gift, the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute has been named in honour of the geology alumnus (BSc ’60). “This institute is already bringing the next generation of top researchers to […]

SBQMI is hiring for various positions

Posted: February 10, 2016

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, a branch of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia, is accepting applications for various positions. Please check the Faculty and Staff Member employment sections for more information. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed […]

Solvation, non-uniform polarizability, and local field effects in solids, liquids, life, and devices

Posted: February 9, 2016

Solvation is at the heart of life and electro-chemistry, non-uniform polarizability is central to photonic devices, local field corrections determine short range interactions even in insulators. These are all related problems central to some of the most important issues in basic science and applications. This meeting will discuss how to tackle these issues in the […]

Canada First Research Excellence Fund Unlocks $66.5 Million In Quantum Potential at UBC

Posted: January 13, 2016

After decades of success as a leading research institution despite a relatively small budget, UBC’s Quantum Matter Institute is poised to make its way to the front of the international field thanks to a record $66.5 million grant from the federal government. In August they learned that they were one of just five institutions awarded […]

The Next 100 Years: We asked researcher Jenny Hoffman to transport herself into the future.

Posted: January 7, 2016

Q: If you could transport yourself to the future, what would you be teaching/researching in 100 years? A: One hundred years from now, we will all wear embedded devices that turn a thought into an Internet search, providing instantaneous information directly into our brains. Memorization will be obsolete, so instead of preparing lecture slides, I […]

How Canada reversed the ‘brain drain’

Posted: November 24, 2015

In the 1990s, we feared a “brain drain” to the United States. But star recruits in science and engineering, such as UBC physicist Jenny Hoffman, have changed the equation.  The University of British Columbia is building Jenny Hoffman a hovering nest of concrete: a slab floating on air inside a room inside a room, the […]

Federal government invests $66.5-million for quantum materials research at QMI

Posted: October 31, 2015

A $66.5-million investment from the Government of Canada—the largest government investment in a single UBC research program—will enhance UBC’s standing as a global leader in quantum matter research and help connect university research with industry. UBC’s Quantum Matter Institute (QMI), the recipient of the $66.5-million investment over seven years from the new Canada First Research […]

Organic semiconductors get weird at the edge: QMI research

Posted: October 6, 2015

As the push for tinier and faster electronics continues, a new finding by UBC scientists could help inform the design of the next generation of cheaper, more efficient devices. The work, published this week in Nature Communications, details how electronic properties at the edges of organic molecular systems differ from the rest of the material. […]


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