Quantum materials for complex quandaries

RSC College Member and UBC professor Lukas Chrostowski harnesses light and material for quantum computing

Quantum computers harness the power of quantum mechanics to solve massive equations and problems in ways that can provide us with a glimpse into how our universe works. But to build a quantum computer, one must develop conventional materials for entirely unconventional applications.

Enter UBC professor, Lukas Chrostowski (Electrical & Computer Engineering).

Together with the team from UBC’s Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, he develops silicon photonics for use in quantum computing. Silicon photonics is an established technology that has the potential to enable extremely fast data communications by exploiting quantum mechanics.

Chrostowski was elected as a Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of his achievements in this field.


Lukas Chrostowski, a Principal Investigator of the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (UBC), is recognized for his leadership in research and education in the design of silicon photonic devices and systems for applications in optical communications and biosensors. His present work is focused on developing new photonics-based information processing circuits: neuromorphic processors, quantum communication, and quantum computers.
— Citation from the Royal Society of Canada