Preparing for the Quantum Age
The silicon revolution has affected every aspect of our lives over the last few decades, leading to more convenient and ever-smaller communication devices. But the constant scaling down that enabled this revolution is reaching its limit. Our current “classical” silicon technologies are approaching the scale of atoms and molecules. At this scale, the laws of quantum mechanics start to dictate the behaviour of systems, and classical architectures no longer suffice.
But this apparent barrier is, in fact, an incredible opportunity. By harnessing the power of quantum mechanics, we can produce novel systems that outperform their classical counterparts. Quantum information processors promise astounding improvements in efficiency on a range of applications in computing, communications and security. Quantum devices will include sensors that operate at the ultimate sensitivities allowed by the laws of the universe.
Dr. Raymond Laflamme, Canada Research Chair in Quantum Information, is a world leader in theoretical and experimental quantum information science. His ground-breaking, ongoing work on quantum error control is guiding the design of quantum systems. He is also an expert on quantum communication and devices.
Quantum information processing and technologies are currently used in niche applications, but are poised to move out of the lab and into the marketplace. A major challenge is developing the techniques to reliably control quantum systems.
Research by Laflamme and his team will help Canada maintain its global leadership role in quantum information at this crucial time—the cusp of the Quantum Age.