Centre Director Simmons Awarded International Feynman Prize

Professor Michelle Simmons, Director of CQC2T, has been awarded a prestigious Foresight Institute Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology for her work in ‘the new field of atomic-electronics, which she created’. President of the Foresight Institute Julia Bossmann said the US$5000 prizes reward visionary research. ‘Our laureates realise that big innovation is possible on the nanoscale. The prizes acknowledge these pioneering scientists and inspire others to follow their lead.’ The award comes just a month after the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull opened the new Quantum computing laboratories at UNSW, and praised Prof Simmons’ leadership in ‘attracting so many outstanding scientists and engineers from around the world’. Full Story

Michelle Simmons explaining the use of the new scanning tunnelling microscopes (STM) to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
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Unlocking the gates to quantum computing

Centre researchers at Griffith University and University of Queensland have overcome one of the key challenges to quantum computing by simplifying a complex quantum logic operation. They demonstrated this by experimentally realising a challenging circuit, the quantum Fredkin gate, for the first time. Lead author Dr Raj Patel said “similar to building a huge wall out lots of small bricks, large quantum circuits require very many logic gates to function. However, if larger bricks are used the same wall could be built with far fewer bricks”.
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The results appear in the international journal Science Advances.

Artist's impression of a Quantum Fredkin Gate.