2024 EQUS Autumn School on Fabrication for Quantum Technology

EQUS Autumn School on Fabrication for Quantum Technology

Date: 7-9th May 2024
Location: Peppers Noosa

This two-and-a-half-day intensive course, scheduled to be held at Peppers Noosa, QLD on the 7-9th May 2024, is designed to cultivate and inspire the next generation of physicists interested in the realisation of quantum technologies.  

The Autumn School will provide an opportunity to learn about foundational and advanced nanofabrication techniques for quantum technology from leaders in the field. The course format will combine research seminars and tutorials with interactive demonstrations covering a range of topics from lithography to etching and metallisation. At the end of the school, participants should leave with a working understanding of how to go from design to device. Participants will also benefit from the opportunity to meet and network with peers and senior researchers working within the field of quantum technology fabrication, from integrated photonics and superconducting circuits to quantum optomechanics and sensing. 

The Autumn School is designed for EQUS members who are early-stage PhD students already working in this area or later stage PhD students and postdoctoral research fellows working within a quantum adjacent field looking to develop new skills.




Professor Arnan Mitchell

Talk title: Emerging Platforms for Photonic Integrated Circuits


Professor Arnan Mitchell is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Engineering at RMIT University, Director of the RMIT Micro Nano Research Facility (MNRF) and is Director of the recently Announced ARC Centre of Excellence for Optical Microcombs for Breakthrough Science (COMBS). He has published more than 700 research papers including publications in Science, Nature, Nature Medicine, and Nature Photonics among many others.  He is a senior member of the IEEE, SPIE and is a Fellow of Optica. He is a highly multidisciplinary researcher working in micro-chip technologies combining light, sound, fluids and electronics with applications spanning radar systems for defense, high speed fiber optic communications and point of care diagnostic systems for biomedicine. He is enthusiastic about translating technology into the hands of end-users and has dedicated much of his career to building and training diverse teams and comprehensive micro and nanotechnology infrastructure to enable breakthrough discoveries to achieve real world impact.

Dr Christopher Baker

Talk title: Opto/Electromechanical Sensing


Dr Baker’s is experimental physicist with more than a decade experience in micro- and nanofabrication, with expertise in topics including integrated photonics, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), optomechanics, superfluid physics and nanomechanics. He received a PhD in Physics from the University of Paris for work in the field of cavity optomechanics. He is currently an UQ Amplify Fellow physicist, within the EQUS node at the University of Queensland. You can read more about his research and access his latest publications on his personal website.


Dr Daniel Peace

Talk title: Introduction of Nanofabrication 1


Dr. Daniel Peace is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Queensland where he is currently focused on the development of integrated photonics devices for classical and quantum information processing. Daniel has worked with a number of photonics platforms including Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI),  Silicon Nitride, Lithium Niobate (LN) for various quantum technologies. He has keen interest in developing and refining nanofabrication and EBL techniques to improve the performance of photonic integrated circuits.


Dr Erick Romero

Talk title: Introduction to Nanofabrication 2


Erick Romero received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Queensland in Australia. Where he was first introduced to the world of fabrication. During his PhD, his research focused on the fundamental origins of nanomechanical dissipation and the development of a nanomechanical circuitry platform. As a postdoctoral fellow, Erick's research expanded to high-precision photonic sensors, nanomechanical computing, and nano electro-mechanical systems. Nano-fabrication is a big part of his technical skills, and he focused on developing and expanding them during his time at the Australian National Fabrication Facility where he worked supporting and developing nanofabrication processes.

Erick recently started an industry position, where he now supports the fabrication and development of Deep UV LEDs at one of the largest Australian semiconductor companies, Silanna Semiconductor.

Dr Markus Rambach

Talk title: Neuromorphic Sytems


Dr. Markus Rambach is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland and an Associate Investigator of EQUS. He has published over 15 research articles, including in Science, Science Advances, and Physical Review Letters, among others. His publications have accumulated over 1200 citations. He is a member of Optica and part of the EQUS Public Engagement Committee. He has worked in research groups in Austria, Australia, and the UK. Markus has a strong background in experimental photonic quantum information, focussing on engineering and developing single photon sources (quantum dots, SPDC sources) and higher-dimensional quantum systems (qudits) with spatial modes of light for quantum communications and information. Recently, he has moved his focus to integrated photonics, quantum and classical, to implement quantum algorithms and the use in energy-efficient neuromorphic computing platforms. He is also enthusiastic about public outreach and creating a diverse, inclusive, and safe environment for everyone.

Dr Till Weinhold

Talk title: Single photonic devices and systems


Before joining DSTG Till was working at the University of Queensland with Prof. White on single photon quantum technologies and nano-photonic circuits for quantum optics.
Dr. Weinhold collaborated with researchers at ANU in the demonstration of an integrated single photon source and quantum memory system towards realising a quantum repeater.
Together with Researchers at UWA, Till participated in the ARMY Quantum Technology Challenge in 2019/20 as Team EQUS.


Dr Xanthe Croot

Talk title: Superconducting Circuits

Dr. Xanthe Croot is an experimental physicist and director of the Superconducting Quantum Circuits Laboratory. Her research focusses on superconducting and hybrid semi-superconducting platforms for quantum computing. Dr. Croot completed her PhD in semiconductor spin qubits at the University of Sydney in 2018. As a post-doctoral Dicke Fellow at Princeton University, she worked on hybrid semi-superconducting implementations of quantum computing and novel protected qubits in superconducting circuits. Dr. Croot's research interests include protected qubits, spin-based quantum information and hybrid devices.


Major funding support

Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present.