David G. Cory

Bio Outline


  • Advisory Committee Chair
  • Quantum Information Science


  • University of Waterloo
Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology


  • Canada


PhD (Physical Chemistry), Case Western Reserve University
BA, Case Western Reserve University


David Cory is a physical chemist. Since 1996, he and his students have been exploring the experimental challenges of building small quantum processors.

They have based these various processors on nuclear spins, electron spins, neutrons, persistent current superconducting devices and optics. Most of their current work tries to use hybrid systems composed of a couple of types of quantum bits, in an effort to push overall performance. A common theme in these studies is to engineer efficient, high fidelity, coherent control of open quantum systems. Most of the work is in collaboration with other members of CIFAR’s Quantum Information Science program, which uniquely brings together computer scientists, theorists and experimentalists.


Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing

Visiting Researcher, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Relevant Publications

Cory, D.G. "Nuclear magnetic resonance-based study of ordered layering on the surface of alumina nanoparticles in water." Appl. Phys. Lett. 95 (December 2009): 253104.

Cory, D.G. “Repetitive Readout of a Single Electronic Spin via Quantum Logic with Nuclear Spin Ancillae.” Science 326 (October 2009): 267.