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Study Quantum computing in Canada?

  1. Apr 9, 2009 #1
    Hi guys, I'm really interested in doing Grad study in the area of Quantum Computation (in Canadian U.). My background is B.Sc. in physics and Com Science and M.Sc in Com science. From my understanding, QC can be heavy in the field of physics for the HW part that they're trying to find a breakthrough and it can also be theoritical and algorithmic in the field of Com Sci where it might b applicable and useful in the future once the HW is rdy. However, I would like some suggestion since I don't have the clear idea of the big picture yet. my question r:

    1. In doing Ph.D. in Canada, how flexible is the system over there if I choose to do Ph.D. in Com Science but I would like to learn physics too in case that i want to do research in QC? So is this ok as long as I satisfy the Grad School requirement?

    2. In some country, the professor(advisor) can play very important role in giving the direction and instruct on the subject path you can take even across school if it is relevant to the research topic. Is this so in Canada?

    3. The previous two question kinda concern the school environment over there ....now the question about QC, how advance r their research in this field comparing to the US or European?

    Thanks guys... I hope someone can help answering at least a question ...would b nice and please help advise me ...may b on the issue that I haven't thought of....

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  3. Apr 9, 2009 #2
    Well actually I'd think the University of Waterloo's IQC (Institute of Quantum Computing) is one of the best in the world (of course I did do my undergrad at waterloo (though not in QC)). As for courses, it's all about finding a good supervisor, I'm sure you could find one who would be ok with you learning the physics side.
  4. Apr 9, 2009 #3


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    We're pretty advanced. Some of us can even spell.
  5. Apr 9, 2009 #4
    Thanks guys for the replies.... i'm sure Canada is an excellent choice... not that I got my impression of Canada from South Park but I had been told how great it is to be there from my relatives and friends who lived there..... any down side though except the winter?
  6. Apr 9, 2009 #5
    Waterloo is a very small town. Very boring.
  7. Apr 9, 2009 #6
    It's true. Waterloo is hardly a cultural mecca, though Toronto is just an hour's drive away.
  8. Apr 10, 2009 #7


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    A friend of mine went to the Institute for Quantum Information Science at the University of Calgary:

    There's also one at McGill and University de Montreal (both in Montreal), according to this website (just search for Canada to skip to the pertinent institutes):

    Not sure about the rest of your questions, but as a grad student, you should really stay away from the txtspk (a.k.a. textese or SMS Language)
  9. Apr 10, 2009 #8
    Yes, because in physics we are sticklers for grammar and are offended by overuse of colloquialisms. Which would explain why half the papers I read (even in things like Phys Rev B) have rather egregious spelling and grammatical errors in them.
  10. Apr 10, 2009 #9


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    Even though english is the lingua franca of the scientific world these days, I think there's a little bit of leeway for non-english speakers :smile:

    However, I've read papers from places like Japan and Korea that have perfect (American) spelling, grammar, and sound like they were written by a native speaker. I don't know whether or not they have a native-speaking translator on staff (nothing in the acknowledgements section), but I thought it was pretty impressive.
  11. Apr 10, 2009 #10
    Thanks again for your replies and LUV the sense of humor you guys offered, appreciate it :smile:
  12. Apr 10, 2009 #11
    I was wondering the same thing too. But if you met with those author in person, you would soon find most of them can hardly speak any english at all.
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