Quantum Computing

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UNSW scientist Michelle Simmons is in the running to be named Australian of the Year this week for her pioneering physics research and inspiring leadership in quantum computing.

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A reimagining of a modern computer chip by Australian engineers shows how a quantum computer can be manufactured – using mostly standard silicon components.

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The way in which artists interpret quantum computing and experience new technology were the subjects of the latest Professorial Inaugural Lectures at UNSW.

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UNSW scientists Michelle Simmons and Peter Macdonald are finalists for the NSW Australian of the Year Award.

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UNSW engineers have invented a radical new architecture for quantum computing, based on novel ‘flip-flop qubits’, that promises to make the large-scale manufacture of quantum chips dramatically easier.

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Australia’s first quantum computing company, Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd, has been launched to advance the development and commercialisation of UNSW Sydney’s world-leading quantum computing technology.

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The rest of the world is watching, government and industry leaders have been told, as UNSW ramps up commercial efforts to build a 10-qubit forerunner to a silicon-based quantum computer. 

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UNSW Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons has received a €100,000 international L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award at a ceremony in France, in recognition of her pioneering research in quantum physics.

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UNSW’s status as a scientific research powerhouse has been recognised in the latest Nature Index. 

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UNSW engineers have created a new quantum bit that remains in a stable superposition for 10 times longer than previously achieved, dramatically expanding the number of calculations that could be performed in a future silicon quantum computer.

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