NSW Defence network funds quantum device work

The Defence Industry Quantum Research Consortium is funding two cutting-edge quantum science and technology research projects to the tune of $1.5 million.

The consortium, a grouping of universiities brought together by the NSW Defence Innovation Network (DIN), will bring researchers together with industry to pursue the projects.

Member universities are Macquarie University, The University of Newcastle, The University of Sydney, University of Wollongong, University of New South Wales, University of Technology Sydney and Western Sydney University.

The NSW Government has committed $1 million of the funds and the DIN group $500,000.

The projects aim to develop fully encapsulated quantum devices over the next 24 months, according to NSW chief engineer Hugh Durrant-Whyte.

One project relates to defence’s focus of developing quantum technologies to provide navigation and timing capabilities should global GPS systems be unavailable.

The project is titled Quantum Assured Positioning Navigation and Timing (PNT).

The second will develop secure communications systems through the use of bright source single photon emitters “with applications in quantum keys”.

Both prototypes will aim to have clear commercial applications.

Quantum technologies are based on the next generation of computer minaturisation technologies where information is stored at the sub-atomic level.

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