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Research Team

The Quanta team is a driving force within Quantum Alberta, a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional network of academic and industry experts dedicated to the development and commercialization of quantum technology.

Our team includes experts in:

As well as a diverse set of research backgrounds, our team includes patent holders (Barclay, DeCorby, and Tittel), engineers (LeBlanc and DeCorby), and the co-founder of a start-up (Davis).

PROF. JOHN P. DAVIS  (Faculty Profile)

is an Associate Professor in the Physics Department at the University of Alberta, a NINT Fellow, an Alberta Innovates Strategic Chair, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, a 2016 NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement awardee, the 2016 Petro-Canada Young Innovator, and was a member of the former CIFAR Nanoelectronics Program. He has graduated four MSc students, and has a current group of eight graduate students.

Prof. Davis’ teaching honors include the 2014 Provost’s Award for Early Achievement of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the 2012 Teaching Excellence Appreciation Award from Delta Chi.

He is committed to developing quantum nanotechnology, specifically quantum transducers and sensors. His lab houses the most advanced system in the world for measuring on-chip nanophotonic and optomechanical devices at millikelvin temperatures, and recently has demonstrated near ground-state cooling of nanomechanical devices.


is an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Calgary, a 2016 NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement awardee, and the Alberta Innovates Scholar in Quantum Nanotechnology.

He is a world leader in developing quantum optical devices from a wide range of materials. Important contributions include the first measurement of nonlinear effects in silicon nanocavities, development of widely-adopted fiber probing methods for sub-wavelength nanophotonic devices, and demonstration of some of the first diamond nanophotonic devices for quantum optics and optomechanics.




PROF. LINDSAY J. LEBLANC  (Faculty Profile)

is an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at the University of Alberta. She is currently the CRC Tier II for Quantum Simulations with Ultracold Atoms, a Fellow of the CIFAR Program in Quantum Materials, and the Alberta Innovates Strategic Chair for Hybrid Quantum Systems.

She is an expert in ultracold atomic systems, including nanofabricated atom-chip technologies. She and her team bring expertise in precision laser systems, ultrahigh vacuum, custom low-noise electronics, and numerical modelling of many-body quantum systems.

Currently, one of her areas of focus is in hybrid quantum systems, where she has a unique system designed for bringing ultracold atoms and solid state nano-devices in close proximity.



is a Professor of Physics at the University of Calgary and a Senior Fellow of CIFAR. He currently holds the Alberta Innovates Strategic Chair in Quantum-Secured Communications, and has previously occupied several other Chair positions, including the NSERC/GDC/iCORE Industrial Research Chair in Quantum Cryptography and Communication.

He has engaged in groundbreaking research in experimental quantum communication from the early stages on, and his work has been seminal in bringing new quantum technology out of the laboratory and into the real world. In particular, he was the first to distribute entangled states of photons over deployed fiber, and the first to teleport quantum states across a metropolitan fiber network. He has done pioneering work on quantum repeaters and quantum memory: he proposed how to store quantum states of light in ensembles of rare-earth ions embedded in solid state material, and was the first to experimentally confirm this possibility using entangled photons.

PROF. RAY DECORBY  (Faculty Profile)

is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has supervised 20 graduate students to completion, with many subsequently employed in the Alberta high-tech sector.

He brings extensive expertise in integrated optics, and has been granted two recent patents for his work on novel fabrication processes. His expertise includes the design, fabrication, and characterization of micro- and nano-scale devices such as optical cavities and waveguides, which have been identified as key enabling components for many quantum technology platforms.


is a Professor of Physics at the University of Calgary. He was awarded the 2010 Alberta Innovates New Faculty Award, the 2014 UofC Faculty of Science Research Excellence Award, a 2015 NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement, and was a 2014 and 2016 Graduate Students’ Association Supervisory Excellence Award Nominee.

He has made significant contributions in the areas of long-distance quantum communication (entanglement creation, quantum repeaters, entanglement purification, quantum memories) and of trying to bring quantum physics to the macroscopic level (quantum optomechanics, quantum amplification).