Raymond Laflamme



  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Information Science


  • University of Waterloo
Institute for Quantum Computing


  • Canada


PhD (Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics), University of Cambridge
BS (Physics), Université Laval


Physicist Raymond Laflamme is interested in theoretical methods for error control in quantum devices, the use of quantum computers to simulate quantum systems, and the experimental implementation of small quantum information processing devices using spins (nuclear or electronic) and photons.

Laflamme, together with Don Page, was responsible for changing Stephen Hawking’s mind on the reversal of the direction of time in a contracting universe (see Hawking’s book A Brief History of Time).


Officer of the Order of Canada, 2017

Canadian Association of Physicists, CAP-CRM award, 2017

Honorary Degree, Université de Sherbrooke, 2012

Canada Research Chair, 2002 to present

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2011

Premier's Discovery Award, Government of Ontario, 2008

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 2008

Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2008

Relevant Publications

Rodriguez-Briones, N.A., and Raymond Laflamme. "Achievable polarization for heat-bath algorithmic cooling." Physical Review Letters 116, no. 17 (2016): 170501.

Jochym-O'Connor, T., and R. Laflamme. "Using Concatenated Quantum Codes for Universal Fault-Tolerant Quantum Gates." Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, no. 1 (2014): 010505.

Ladd, T.D. et al. "Quantum computers." Nature 464 (2010): 43–53.

Kaye, P. et al. An Introduction to Quantum Computing. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.