Professor David Reilly is an experimental physicist working at the interface of quantum science, nanoscale condensed matter systems, and cryogenic electronics and hardware. The focus of his research is the development of enabling technology to control condensed matter systems at the quantum level. Professor Reilly completed his Ph.D at UNSW in 2002 on correlated electron phenomena in low-dimensional nanoelectronic devices.

From 2005-2008 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University with Professor Charlie Marcus, working on spin qubits. He returned to Australia in 2008 to lead a new research group, the Quantum Nanoscience Laboratory, in the School of Physics at Sydney.

He is a member of the Quantum Science Group in the School and a CI in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems.

Mentoring and research training

At the Quantum Nanoscience Laboratory, Professor Reilly leads a group of seven PhD students and three postdoctoral research fellows. If you are interested in working or studying with Professor Reilly, please contact him. 

Qualifications: 
PhD, University of New South Wales, Australia
Research Facilities: 
Controlling electron spin in semiconductor quantum devices 

Grand challenge: Realise new and otherwise inaccessible regimes of physics through the construction of hybrid quantum systems. 

Single electrons individually trapped and manipulated in semiconductors are one of the most promising avenues for engineered quantum systems. This project investigates the ways in which the magnetic moment, or spin, of these electrons can be controlled, either electrically or through applying microwaves, and how acoustic vibrations, or phonons, affect this control. These results highlight the role of the phononic environment in understanding the driven dynamics of coherent quantum systems and provide a path for transducing quantum information between photons, phonons, spins and charge. The work is a strong collaboration between theorists CI Tom Stace (UQ) and CI Andrew Doherty (Sydney) and the experimental team of CI Reilly’s laboratory (Sydney). This work has been published in Nature Communications.

Current Supervision


Doctor Philosophy - Principal Advisor


Doctor Philosophy - Principal Advisor


Doctor Philosophy - Principal Advisor


Doctor Philosophy - Principal Advisor


Doctor Philosophy - Principal Advisor


Doctor Philosophy - Principal Advisor


Doctor Philosophy - Principal Advisor


Doctor Philosophy - Principal Advisor


Doctor Philosophy - Principal Advisor


Doctor Philosophy - Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision

(2015)
Doctor Philosophy - Principal Advisor

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