Leading In Quantum Computing: Australia Opens New Lab in Sydney

"There is no bolder idea than quantum computing."

5. 11. 16 by Colin Aboy
Image by WSU

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm B. Turnbull took the stage late last month on the launch day of the new quantum computing lab at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. On April 22, as part of the government’s $26-million investment in the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology (CQC2T), Turnbull unveiled the lab.

You can hear his speech in the video of the event below:

The Prime Minister commended the leadership of Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons, director of the Australian Research Council CQC2T, who was also part of the unveiling ceremony of the new research facility, and expressed that what they do is the best work in the world.

Indeed, in many ways, Australia is leading in the quantum computing arena, largely because of their unique approach with building a ten-qubit prototype integrated circuit…and doing so in just five years.


According to the press release, the new facilities will house six new scanning tunneling microscopes, a tool for position phosphorus within silicon, and six new ultra-cold dilution fridges, which are used to measure the operations of quantum bits.

The Prime Minister ended his speech with a witty line, “this is not just a great position for Australia to be in, but a superposition.”

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