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Nov. 30, 2016

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Professor, Physics and Computer Science

My research is in the field of quantum information science, dealing with how to use the laws of quantum physics to do information processing. We can go even beyond that looking at doing completely new kinds of tasks such as teleportation.

I have always had an interest in solving puzzles and mysteries and detective stories. Physics for me was sort of combination of those interests because I think scientists are like detectives. They explore the mysteries of the universe, which are some of the biggest and most amazing.

I remember a few years ago I had a student working on a particular calculation to explore a longstanding problem in quantum physics. He came up with some calculations that led to an answer that looked clearly wrong. But we didn’t just drop it and say how could we possibly be finding something new and surprising that would be a major result if it were correct. So we redid the work. Turns out it was correct. I think the best progress in science has always been in the surprises.

Shohini Ghose is also the director of Laurier's Centre for Women in Science (WinS).

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