Welcome to the Laboratory for Quantum Information with Trapped Ions (QITI) of Prof. K. Rajibul Islam! We are a predominantly experimental research group at the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Laser-cooled trapped ions are among the most pristine and controllable quantum systems. The QITI laboratory is building a programmable trapped ion quantum simulator with Ytterbium ions, with control at the level of individual atoms for studying problems in quantum many-body physics and computation.

The research team


QITI group members 

QITI-Ions are friendly with Ions in Prof. Crystal Senko’s group, forming a bigger IQC-Ions group!



12 Jun 2019 – Sainath receives the Dean of Science Award for his MSc thesis! Congratulations!

26 Apr 2019 – “Dynamical Hamiltonian engineering of 2D rectangular lattices in a one-dimensional ion chain” is published in npj Quantum Information (Nature Publishing Group).
npj Quantum Information 5, 32 (2019)

1 Sep 2018 – Dr. Manas Sajjan joins the group for a graduate school in experimental quantum physics, after successfully completing his first PhD at University of Chicago in theoretical chemistry!

22 Aug 2018 – Rajibul gives the `experimentalist of the week’ talk at the Dynamics of Quantum Information program at KITP, UC Santa Barbara. [Video]

18 Aug 2018 – Our experimentally feasible theoretical proposal to create 2D spin lattices from a one dimensional chain of ions is on arXiv! It is a collaboration with UC Berkeley and Army Research Laboratory. [See More]

15 Aug 2018 – Undergraduate researcher Nikolay Videnov presents his work on making an injection locked diode laser at 369.5 nm at the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC) at University of Alberta.

07 Aug 2018 – Sainath defends his M.Sc thesis successfully! He will continue as a PhD student in the group. Congratulations, Sainath!

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Research Support

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Quantum Nano Centre

Home of the QITI lab – the Quantum Nano Centre at IQC, University of Waterloo (Image credit- IQC)