CREATE program to crystalize eminence in quantum computing training in BC

18 Jun2020

Pictured: Arman Zaribafiyan, Head of Quantum Simulation at Vancouver-based software company and CREATE program partner 1QBit, leading a seminar for UBC graduate students.

A new program aimed at developing leaders in quantum computing—solidifying British Columbia’s (BC’s) reputation as an international quantum technology hub—was awarded $1.65 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

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Ada: Accelerating materials research with flexible automation and AI

13 May2020

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An artificially intelligent, self-contained, and self-driving laboratory named Ada can explore formulations for a type of thin-film material common to advanced solar cells and consumer electronics. Advanced solar cells are used to power sustainable energy production and enable more efficient energy storage, including longer-lasting batteries. As the need to...

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SBQMI teams adapt to COVID-19’s impact on operations

30 Apr2020

Science goes on, even as the rest of the world slows to a pause and COVID-19 sees the University of British Columbia’s campuses largely shuttered. In the eight weeks since we closed our physical doors and opened ourselves up to remote work, much has changed; the teamwork inherent to the success of the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) has...

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Spins seek order in Kitaev-type systems in one dimension

22 Apr2020

The biggest enemy of quantum computing technology is “noise,” perturbation at the atomic level that can disrupt the resilience of the materials that form the basis of quantum computing applications. New research from Professor Ian Affleck ’s team at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) has found new clues as to the physics behind a class of materials that...

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New quantum switch turns metals into insulators

03 Feb2020

Most modern electronic devices rely on tiny, finely-tuned electrical currents to process and store information. These currents dictate how fast our computers run, how regularly our pacemakers tick and how securely our money is stored in the bank.

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New laser technique images quantum world in a trillionth of a second

10 Dec2019

For the first time, researchers have been able to record, frame-by-frame, how an electron interacts with certain atomic vibrations in a solid. The technique captures a process that commonly causes electrical resistance in materials while, in others, can cause the exact opposite—the absence of resistance, or superconductivity.

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QMI researchers have successfully grown a parent compound in a "quantum sandwich"

13 Nov2019

A group of researchers at Stewart Blusson QMI at the University of British Columbia have successfully grown the parent compound of a high superconducting transition temperature material (perovskite bismuthate). Strontium bismuth oxide (SrBiO 3 ) was grown in a thin film form on a strontium titanate substrate using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Experimental results were recently reported in Physical Review...

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3rd Annual QMI Team Retreat

09 Oct2019

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The 3rd Annual QMI Retreat took place at Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat from September 27-29, with over 130 participants from QMI research groups, technical and business operations. The purpose of this three-day event is to build a culture of collaboration and respect, while fostering a sense of pride in...

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Nanofabrication Initiative receives funding from WD Canada

15 Sep2019


Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD Canada) announced on September 4, the allocation of $2,950,000 to an initiative currently in development at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute. This federal funding will be used to help defray the cost of implementing Phase 2 of...

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Quantum Pathways 2019 Wraps Up

02 Sep2019

For many Quantum Pathways students, August 30 th was their last day at QMI. Hemadri Bhotla Vasudha is a 1 st year Quantum Pathways student who had to say her farewells a little earlier than her cohorts this year as the fall semester begins in August at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi , where she is currently completing...

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