About Us


The research in the Quantum Photonics Laboratory centers on the applications of quantum photonics and quantum optics, as well as the fundamental aspects of the quantum world. We are involved in the experimental design and demonstrations of   quantum photonics devices suitable for communication and computing with photons, and the development of ultra-long distance quantum communication systems using terrestrial and satellite-based systems. We are developing photonic quantum entanglement sources for various quantum protocols, and have pioneered the direct generation of three photon entangled states from cascaded parametric down conversion.

This field combines information processing technologies with the laws of quantum physics and is at the forefront of research today, giving rise to powerful new information tools such as quantum computing and quantum cryptography. Our group is a part of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo.

Motivated students are very welcome to contact Professor Thomas Jennewein directly for more details. Our laboratory is primarily located at the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC).

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Group Members


Prof. Thomas Jennewein

Project Manager

Eric Choi

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Jean-Philippe Bourgoin

Dr. Brendon Higgins

Dr. Jeongwan Jin

Dr. Rolf Horn

PhD Students

Aimee (Heinrichs) Gunther

Christopher Pugh

Evan Meyer-Scott

Sascha Agne

Elena Anisimova

Sarah Kaiser

Nigar Sultana

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Victor Reyes Osorio

Matthew Taylor

Kayla Hardie

Isabelle Racicot

Collaborative Members

Nick Gigov

Dr. Eduardo Martin-Martinez

Dr. Deny Hamel

Dr. Krister Shalm

Dr. Zhizhong Yan

Dr. Vadim Makarov

Dr. Piotr Kolenderski

Former Members

Catherine Holloway

Dr. Audrey Dot

Dr. Piotr Kolenderski

Artur Czerwiński

Thomas Guenthner

Daniel Gustaw

Dr. Bettina Heim

Bassam Helou

Dr. Hannes Hübel

Thomas Lutz

Allison MacDonald

Ian McMullan

Maria Fernanda Ortegon Banoy

Carmelo Scarcella

Dr. Urbasi Sinha

Marilyne Thibault

Tong Zhao

Muhammad Faisal Aziz

Jacob Koenig

Kelsey Johnsen

Antonio Scotland

Dr. Chris Erven

Marta Palucka

Dr. Katanya Kuntz

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Group Leader

Thomas Jenneweinhttps://services.iqc.uwaterloo.ca/people/image/tjennewe.jpg


Thomas Jennewein is a faculty member of the Institute for Quantum Computing and holds a position of an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He is an affiliate of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo and a scholar of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) in the Quantum Information Processing program, and an associated member of INO. His research focuses on the applications of quantum photonics and quantum optics, in particular for long-distance quantum communications in free-space and with satellites, as well as fundamental aspects of the quantum world.

Prof. Jennewein completed his PhD in 2002 at the University of Vienna. His thesis research on quantum communication and teleportation experiments with entangled photon pairs was awarded the Loschmidt-Prize by the Austrian Physical-Chemical Society. From 2004–2009, Prof. Jennewein was a Senior Scientist at the Vienna branch of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI), working on experimental quantum photonics. Prof. Jennewein has played a key role in the advancement of long-distance transmission of entangled photons over free space, and his work on quantum cryptography using entangled photons was selected by the American Physical Society as one of the “Top Ten Highlights of 2000.”

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