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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SBQMI Researchers Invent New Method to Create Self-tinting Windows

08 Mar2018

SBQMI and UBC chemistry researchers have developed a simple, cost-effective technique for making smart windows that could lead the way for wide-scale adoption of this energy-saving technology.

Smart windows conserve building energy by switching from clear to tinted, dynamically controlling heat and light from the sun, depending on the building and occupants’ needs.

“Conventional windows waste a third...

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Casimir Kuzyk’s ‘aweSEM Device’ In Finals of Innovation OnBoard Contest

24 Jan2018

Kudos to Casimir Kuzyk , SBQMI student, on making the finals of the UBC Innovation onBoardpitching competition ! The finals will be held on February 8th, 2018, 6PM at the Jack Poole Hall, Robert Lee Alumni Centre. He will be presenting his inexpensive scanning electron microscope project, named the ‘aweSEM device’. He is pursuing a patent for his discovery,...

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New faculty member Dr. Ziliang Ye has joined us from Stanford University

21 Dec2017

Welcome Dr. Ziliang Ye to SBQMI!

Ziliangs’ research focuses on probing & controlling emergent degrees of freedom in low-dimensional quantum materials and on atomically thin materials, such as transition metal dichalcogenide and graphene. Techniques include continuous & ultrafast optical spectroscopy, scanning nearfield optical microscopy, and nanofabrication of photonic devices to study fundamental science down to the atomic...

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53rd Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference

08 Nov2017

Research associate James Day and graduate student Ketty Na visited Ottawa, Ontario to attend the 53rd Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference , the largest undergraduate physics conference in Canada.

Carleton University hosted this year’s CUPC, from October 20th to 24th, for Canada’s 150th anniversary and Carleton’s 75th anniversary. James and Ketty were there to represent—and recruit for—the Stewart...

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SBQMI Physicists Receive Over $6 Million from CFI for Research

13 Oct2017

SBQMI physics investigators George Sawatzky and Sarah Burke will receive funding to develop a quantum materials electron microscopy centre and a four-probe scanning probe microscope, respectively.

The new equipment will enable the researchers to probe the mysteries of quantum materials, which have the potential to transform information processing, nanoelectronics, medicine, and energy production. Both projects, worth a...

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Sarah Burke Awarded $800,000 In Research Funding

07 Sep2017

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Sarah Burke for being awarded $800,000 from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) .

The JELF helps a select number of exceptional researchers at institutions across the country to conduct leading-edge research by giving them the tools and equipment they need to...

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