Universities make breakthroughs in quantum computing

Progress by two international university research collaborations has seen their projects extended by two years with funding from Defence’s Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF).

The Australian project teams will receive $2 million each to expand work under the Australia—US Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (AUSMURI) program.

Griffith University, the University of Technology Sydney, and the University of New South Wales are creating knowledge that may one day enable error-tolerant quantum computers.

And the University of Sydney is working to create more robust and available materials through additive manufacturing.

According to the federal government both projects have significant Defence and wider commercial benefits.

Science engagement chief Dr David Kershaw said through the project on Quantum Control Based on Real-time Environment Analysis by Spectator Qubits, Griffith University and its Australian partners have provided ground-breaking advances in quantum sensing and control in collaboration with the US team, led by Duke University.

“With their grant extension, by 2022 the project is expected to benefit the Quantum Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing STaR Shot and may enhance distributed sensor arrays on battlefields of the future.

“The University of Sydney’s project on Microstructure Control in Metal Additive Manufacturing generated new scientific knowledge and has been instrumental in the establishment of a world-class additive-manufacturing facility in Australia.”

The project’s outcomes are expected to support rapid in-field repairs of aerospace and land-vehicle structures and at-sea repairs of maritime vessels.

The University is collaborating with another group of high-profile US universities, led by the University of Tennessee.

Picture: newsroom.unsw.edu.au

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