Professor Andrew Dzurak and his team at the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) have successfully developed the physical building blocks to allow computer engineers to start building a functioning quantum computer in silicon—making industrial manufacture of a full-scale quantum processor chip a possibility.
Professor Dzurak is Scientia Professor in Nanoelectronics at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Director of the New South Wales Node of the ANFF. The ANFF is one of 27 projects in the Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).
ANFF makes it possible for Australian researchers to create new products and processes for new and emerging industries in areas such as food security, biochemicals, advanced building material and quantum computing. Quantum computing will open the door for new applications and solutions that are not yet even imagined.
Details of the revolutionary development were published online in the international journal Nature on 6 October 2015. Professor Dzurak and lead author Dr Menno Veldhorst are also members of the UNSW-based Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence.
This work brings closer the ability to make greater breakthroughs in areas such as new and innovative drugs, new and stronger materials for a multitude of applications from consumer electronics to aircraft and greater innovation in the use of large and complex data in government, security, finance and healthcare.
Image (top): Professor Mark Hoffman (Dean of UNSW Engineering), Scientia Professor Andrew Dzurak (Director of NSW Node of ANFF), Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (Minister for Education and Training), Professor Les Field AM (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Vice-President UNSW), Mrs Rosie Hicks (CEO of ANFF Ltd) and Professor Mary O’Kane (NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer).