EQUS Spring School

EQUS Spring School

24-26 September 2018 - Newport, NSW 

The EQUS Spring School is an annual event that brings PhD and Masters students from all EQUS nodes together for professional development and to learn about cutting-edge quantum science research.

Access the program here.

The deadline for registration is Monday, September 10. Contact ea@equs.org if you have any questions. 


  • Maja Cassidy, Microsoft
  • Cornelius Hempel, USYD
  • Ivan Kassal, USYD
  • Arne Grimsmo, USYD and Spring School Program Chair
  • Paul Ainsworth, Lincoln Institute


Quantum algorithms and quantum simulation

Chapter one of Nielsen and Chuang, especially pages 13-42.

Quantum information processing with trapped ions

On the first day we will look at the trapped ion platform in detail, from the historical beginnings chasing quantum jumps to the present state of the art and future versions for scaled-up quantum computing and simulation. We will discuss how these devices work as well as how quantum information is encoded, manipulated in a digital and analog fashion and read out.

Day two will have a closer look at experimental implementations of quantum computation and quantum simulation on the trapped ion platform. We will look at algorithmic implementations (Shor’s factoring and the Deutsch-Josza) and simulations of physics and chemistry in both analog and digital form. 

(optional) pre-reading material

Recommended to get an idea of where we are headed (short, high level papers on quantum computation and simulation):

Only for those who have a lot of time and want to know more (technical paper + tutorial):

Introduction to superconducting qubits

We will start by introducing the theory of quantum electromagnetic circuits, before moving on to designs of superconducting qubits, focusing on the transmon qubit. We will then discuss how we can enact readout, single- and two-qubit gates for quantum computing. No prior knowledge about quantum circuits or superconducting qubits is necessary, but for those who want to have an idea about what we will discuss, the following two papers are useful:

Essential information: 


EQUS HDR students are eligible to attend free of charge. 


The EQUS Spring School will be held at The Metro Mirage Hotel, Newport NSW. Meals will be included in the accommodation booking. 

Flights and transfers

Your flights will be booked at your home institution.

Group transfer

A group transfer between Sydney and Newport will be organised.

On Monday, September 24 the bus will depart from:

  • Sydney Domestic Airport at 8.30am
  • University of Sydney Nanoscience Hub, Physics Road at 9.00am

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.