WATERLOO, ON, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - A professor of quantum information
science at the University of Waterloo's Department of Physics and
Astronomy and the Institute for Quantum Computing was selected to
receive a prestigious E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowship from the
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Professor Kevin Resch is an experimental physicist working in quantum
information science, in particular the development of quantum sources
of light and interferometric sensors. Technologies that harness the
capabilities of quantum systems promise to revolutionize the way we
process and share information and how we measure the world around us.
Resch is one of six winners who each receive a research grant of
$250,000 over two years.
"NSERC presents this respected award to promising young researchers
whose work has the potential for major impact," said Feridun
Hamdullahpur, president & vice-chancellor of Waterloo. "This fellowship
will enable Professor Resch to focus on his research, so that Canada
and the world may benefit from his innovation. On behalf of the
university community, we are very proud of his accomplishment and
congratulate him on this honour."
Together with his students and international collaborators, Resch has
made several highly regarded contributions to quantum information
science. He was a major contributor to the famous Danube experiment
where entangled photons were distributed through the air over Vienna's
landmark river as a first step toward very long distance quantum
cryptography. In a separate project, he clarified the role of quantum
entanglement for making the best interferometric sensors nature allows.
As well, his research on groundbreaking applications of chirped laser
pulses, carefully stretched pulses of light, shows promise for
non-invasive 3D imaging of biological tissue for medical applications.
"I am delighted that Kevin Resch's achievements have been recognized by
NSERC for this prestigious award," says Professor Raymond Laflamme,
executive director of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the
University of Waterloo. "Quantum information research promises to
transform technology as we know it. Young researchers like him will
continue to push the field forward and discover new technologies."
Quantum information processing has the potential for breakthroughs in
computing, communications and cryptography. It can also help us devise
tools for navigating and controlling the nano-scale world. Sensors and
actuators that operate according to quantum mechanics may achieve
sensitivity, selectivity, precision and robustness far beyond their
NSERC's E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships honour the memory of Edgar
William Richard Steacie, an outstanding chemist and research leader who
made major contributions to the development of science in Canada
during, and immediately following, World War II.
About the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC)
The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) is a multidisciplinary
scientific research institute at the University of Waterloo. Our
research focusses on harnessing the quantum laws of nature to discover
and develop powerful new technologies that will transform information
technology and drive the 21st century economy. IQC research bridges
theory and experiments in quantum computing, quantum communication and
other quantum devices through the collaboration of over 200 computer
scientists, engineers, mathematicians, physical scientists and
students. Established in 2002, IQC also offers graduate and post
graduate programs and educational outreach activities that inspire
scientific discovery in the realm of quantum mechanics.
About the University of Waterloo
In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart
of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading
comprehensive universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in
undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world's
largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its
connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in
learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is
committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by
championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant
to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about
Waterloo, please visit www.uwaterloo.ca.
SOURCE: University of Waterloo
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