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The global race towards quantum technologies: Canada's contributions and imminent opportunities

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Dr. Alexandre Blais, l'Université de Sherbrooke

Despite its reputation for weirdness, quantum physics is at the origin of some of today’s most widely used technologies, including microelectronics, lasers, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The potential of quantum physics to transform society is far from exhausted: we are on the verge of a quantum revolution that promises to be as profound as the breakthroughs of the past. It is now understood that quantum effects can be used to create computers that could take days to solve problems that would take billions of years for today's fastest computers. Beyond quantum computation, quantum science allows for absolutely secure communication, and for detectors with unprecedented sensitivity to their environment. This presentation will discuss the scientific foundations and the Canadian contributions behind these advances, and highlight the opportunities for Canada in the global race towards realizing these emerging quantum technologies.

Dr. Alexandre Blais is a professor of physics at the Université de Sherbrooke. He is the scientific director of the Institut quantique and holds a research chair on quantum computer architectures. He is a co-inventor of circuit quantum electrodynamics, a leading quantum computer architecture that is spurring global investment in quantum information research. He is a member of CIFAR’s Quantum Information Science program, a member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. His research contributions have earned him a number of academic awards, including NSERC’s E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, the Canadian Association of Physicists’ Herzberg and Brockhouse Medals, the Prix Urgel-Archambault from the Association francophone pour le savoir, and the Rutherford Memorial Medal of the Royal Society of Canada.

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