Unlocking the Power of the Quantum
Computers are growing increasingly powerful, but there are still some calculations outside the capabilities of any normal computer. As we approach the computational limits of conventional electronics, solving otherwise-impossible information processing problems and providing reliably secure communications will require a radically new type of computer— the quantum computer.
Dr. Jeff Lundeen, Canada Research Chair in Quantum Photonics, is using the rules of quantum physics—which allow individual subatomic particles to be in several places simultaneously—to manipulate photons, the individual particles of light.
Lundeen and his team are using “quantum optics”—the quantum physics of light—to develop new kinds of microchips. These quantum optical chips could lead to new medical and environmental sensors, and to next-generation telecommunications systems. This research could provide significant advances in quantum cryptography—the first unbreakable method of secure communication—and quantum metrology, creating sensors of dramatically higher sensitivity than those currently available.
Lundeen’s research will contribute to the development of new quantum technologies that will allow computers to perform currently impossible calculations.