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 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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Group Members


Prof. Thomas Jennewein

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Brendon Higgins

PhD Students

Poompong Chiawongkhot

Youn Seok Lee

Nigar Sultana

Ramy Tannous

Masters Students

Sebastian Slaman

Undergraduate Students

Shubham Singh

Simon Friesen

Lindsay Babcock

Collaborative Members

Dr. Jean-Philippe Bourgoin

Dr. Sascha Agne

Dr. Deny Hamel

Dr. Jeongwan Jin

Dr. Piotr Kolenderski

Dr. Vadim Makarov

Dr. Eduardo Martin-Martinez

Dr. Christopher Pugh

Dr. Krister Shalm

Dr. Zhizhong Yan

Management & Administration

Brian Moffat

Jisu Kwon


Mujtaba Zahidy

Former Members

Dr. Elena Anisimova Muhammad Faisal Aziz
Christian Barna Maria Fernanda Ortegon Banoy
Eric Choi Artur Czerwiński
Dr. Audrey Dot Dr. Chris Erven
Jennifer Katherine Fernick Nick Gigov
Thomas Guenthner Daniel Gustaw
Dr. Bettina Heim Bassam Helou
Catherine Holloway Dr. Rolf Horn
Dr. Hannes Hübel Kelsey Johnsen
Dr. Sarah Kaiser Jacob Koenig
Dr. Piotr Kolenderski Thomas Lutz
Allison MacDonald Ian McMullan
Dr. Evan Meyer-Scott Victor Reyes Osorio
Marta Palucka Isabelle Racicot
Carmelo Scarcella Antonio Scotland
Shubham Singh Dr. Urbasi Sinha
Matthew Taylor Marilyne Thibault
Dr. Zhizhong Yan Tong Zhao
Kayla Hardie Bienvenu Ndagano
Dr. Eduardo Martin-Martinez Derek Churchill
Dr. Aimee (Heinrichs) Gunther Louise Green
Ian DSouza Dr. Jean-Philippe Bourgoin
Gunalun Zhao Andrew Bahlmann
Dr. Katanya Kuntz Mengyu Xie
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