Quantum Computing

2015

From quantum qubits to research role models, 2015 was a year of outstanding achievements.

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Australian engineers have proven – with the highest score ever obtained – that a quantum version of computer code can be written and manipulated using two quantum bits in a silicon microchip, removing any doubt silicon can be the foundation for a powerful quantum computer.

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NSW Premier Mike Baird has used part of his Bradfield Oration to praise UNSW Professor Michelle Simmons and her team’s pioneering work developing the world's first quantum computer.

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The world’s first calculation using two quantum bits in silicon has been demonstrated by a team of engineers at UNSW Australia. The manufacturing techniques used are the same as those employed in today’s silicon chip industry, opening the way to ultra-powerful quantum computers. 

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A major advance on the road to building super fast quantum computers will be announced by UNSW researchers at a news conference to coincide with publication of their work in the global scientific journal, Nature.

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Australia may win the race to build a revolutionary quantum computer, but UNSW global research leader Michelle Simmons warns that without investment we risk losing the industry offshore.    

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Cybersecurity is essential in a society that needs to safeguard information for secure banking, safe transportation, and protected power grids, writes Sven Rogge.

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A dramatic increase in the amount of time that data can be stored on a single atom means silicon could once again play a vital role in the development of super-fast computers, write Andrea Morello and Andrew Dzurak.

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UNSW has won three of four prizes at the Royal Society of New South Wales awards, including a coveted medal not presented for 20 years.

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Scientia Professor of Physics Michelle Simmons has joined the likes of Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein and Alexander Graham Bell as an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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