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  • Writer's pictureAndrew Pham

Zero Point Cryogenics Delivers Model L Dilution Refrigerator to the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC)

April 15, 2024


Edmonton, Canada — Zero Point Cryogenics, a leading innovator in advanced cryogenic solutions, is excited to announce the successful delivery of its cutting-edge Model L Dilution Refrigerator system to the prestigious Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo. This is a proud milestone that marks a significant achievement for Zero Point Cryogenics (ZPC) and underscores the company’s continuous pursuit of innovation to satisfy the growing demand for cryogenics as countries and corporations compete for quantum advantage. As the primary low-temperature platform enabling many quantum technologies, dilution refrigerator systems provide researchers with the tools to push the boundaries of science and innovation.


 From left to right, Dr. Paul Kim, Reid Piekema, and Ryan Jodoin at the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing
From left to right, Dr. Paul Kim, Reid Piekema, and Ryan Jodoin at the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing

The contract was awarded thanks to Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) Testing Stream’s Additional Sale program, following an initial contract awarded for testing a dilution refrigerator by the National Research Council of Canada. ISC is an initiative designed to stimulate technology research, development, and commercialization of Canadian innovations. The program’s Challenge Stream and Testing Stream help startups and small/medium-sized businesses (SMEs) overcome technology testing and development hurdles so that they can produce globally-demanded products and services, while also improving government operations.


"We are incredibly proud to deliver our next-generation Model L Dilution Refrigerator to the Institute for Quantum Computing to continue their already impressive work in the realm of quantum technology research," said Dr. John P. Davis, CTO of Zero Point Cryogenics. "We are honoured to be able to contribute to the growing quantum ecosystem in Canada. Delivery of this system represents years of hard work, innovation, and collaboration, and we look forward to the discoveries that will emerge from the IQC’s research using our cryogenic system tailored to their research.”


“IQC is very excited to work with ZPC and the ISC program to deploy this shared infrastructure to advance and accelerate our work on quantum sensing and other quantum technologies” said Dr. Christopher Wilson, professor at IQC and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo.



Model L Dilution Refrigerator loaded for delivery at ZPC's facility in Edmonton
Model L Dilution Refrigerator loaded for delivery at ZPC's facility in Edmonton

Key technical features of the Model L Dilution Refrigerator System include:


Temperature Range: The system can reach millikelvin (mK) temperatures, enabling the exploration of quantum phenomena that occur only at extremely low temperatures.


Ease of Use: Designed with user-friendly controls and intuitive software interfaces, the system streamlines the research process, allowing scientists to focus on their experiments.


Robust Manufacturing Techniques: Built with advanced, industrial-grade materials and manufactured in-house at ZPC’s facility in Edmonton, the system ensures reliability and long-term performance, critical for extended research projects.

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Zero Point Cryogenics – Colder for longer


Zero Point Cryogenics is an Edmonton-based company that manufactures cryogenic equipment called dilution refrigerators, which are the primary low-temperature platform for quantum computers. The company is focused on designing robust and reliable dilution refrigerators for quantum computing industry partners that will satisfy their space, size, and operation requirements. By creating the world’s most reliable dilution refrigerator, ZPC customers can focus on developing their quantum technologies, instead of operating their refrigerators.


For more information, visit zpcryo.com.


Media contact 1-833-936-2225 or email info@zpcryo.com.


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