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Joint CFREF-Institute Projects Announced

05 Mar2019

Collaborative Quantum Projects Announced in Joint Research Initiative by Université de Sherbrooke, University of British Columbia and the University of Waterloo

Three of Canada’s most recognized centres in quantum information and materials research are collaborating on five new joint research projects. The three centres are all recipients of funding from the Canada First Research Excellence...

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Discovery by SBQMI-led research collaboration shortlisted as 2018 Breakthrough of the Year

21 Dec2018

A discovery by an SBQMI-led research collaboration was shortlisted as a 2018 Breakthrough of the Year by Physics World .

Theoretical calculations were studied by researchers in Canada, the US, the UK and Israel, leading to the discovery that under the right conditions, graphene flakes with an irregular boundary can be used to create a quantum hologram that...

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Physicists propose a new path to high-temperature superconductivity

19 Dec2018

Physicists at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Kharagpur have identified a new approach to achieving high-temperature superconductivity — binding electrons to form tight, but very light pairs that flow without resistance.

In electrical wires, electrons collide with metal ions, producing heat and restricting the amount of current a conductor can carry....

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Congratulations Andrea Damascelli!

11 Sep2018

Congratulations to our Scientific Director, Andrea Damascelli, on being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada - Canada's highest honour for scholars in the arts, humanities and sciences.

For more information about Andrea and the other UBC faculty members elected, please click here: https://research.ubc.ca/fourteen-ubc-faculty-members-elected-royal-society-canada

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SBQMI Research Featured as Editors' Suggestion in Physical Review Letters

10 Aug2018

Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute researchers have found that by applying a magnetic field to a small and irregularly shaped graphene flake, the flake can be used to create a quantum hologram that reproduces some of the key characteristics of a black hole.

The research was recently published in Physical Review Letters and featured by the journal as an...

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Do broad interests benefit science?

06 Jul2018

Science asked young scientists the question: How do broad interest benefit your science?

Scientists with a variety of hobbies responded that their extracurricular activities have enhanced a wide range of skills, from creativity to communication to resilience. Many also mentioned the value of clearing their minds and relaxing.

Check out the latest issue to see what our very...

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Tracking the ultrafast emergence of superconductivity

05 Jul2018

SBQMI researchers have captured an unprecedented glimpse into the birth of high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates, settling a scientific debate and uncovering new avenues to explore the potential of other unconventional superconductors.

For this study, researchers studied cuprate unconventional superconductors, materials that begin to transition to superconductivity at a record high temperature of about -170 C. Most conventional superconductors require...

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New quantum conference will ignite cross-country collaboration

15 May2018

A new conference for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in quantum science aims to foster collaboration and provide a glimpse into the exciting research taking place in Canada.

Hosted jointly by the three Canada First Excellence Research Fund (CFREF) programs— the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI), Institut Quantique (IQ), and Transformative Quantum Technologies (TQT)— the Canadian Graduate Quantum...

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Quantum Mechanics Runs Hot in a Cold Plasma

14 Mar2018

SBQMI researchers have found a new system that could help yield ‘warmer’ quantum technologies.

In the latest issue of Physical Review Letters , chemical physicist Ed Grant and theoretical physicist John Sous describe the results of an experiment in which laser pulses gently lift a large number of molecules in a gas of nitric oxide to form an ultracold...

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