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Fri, January 26, 2007

Online security 'Nets quantum reap at U of C

UPDATED: 2007-01-26 01:43:24 MST


Calgary scientists are pushing the boundaries of quantum information technology to develop online security that will make Internet hacking a concern of the past.

Internationally-renowned quantum physicist Dr. Wolfgang Tittel has joined a team of University of Calgary researchers working to develop secure quantum encryption technology that could provide uncompromised online protection for everything from Internet banking to medical records.

"Alberta is a great place for this kind of research," said Tittel, recruited from the University of Geneva by the U of C's Institute for Quantum Information Science.

"There are only a few groups in the world doing information security research as broad as the University of Calgary group."

Barry Sanders, director of the Institute for Quantum Information Science, said he's thrilled the university has snagged the world expert in the field of quantum cryptography.

"Wolfgang is the best of his generation on quantum information," said Sanders.

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