By harnessing complex scattering light from objects on the scale of small cells, a new study from the School of Mathematics and Physics, the University of Queensland (SMP) has found a way to expand the application of optical tweezers.
For particular applications, quantum computers could be more powerful than any machine using current technology. But functioning quantum computers may still be a decade away. Associate Professor Michael Biercuk, a physicist at the University of Sydney, is bringing some of those quantum benefits forward.
EQuS chief investigator Ian McCulloch spoke with International Innovation in 2015. In the article, he discusses his background, current research projects and the integral role collboration plays in quantum physics.
Researchers have developed a way for superconducting quantum chips to talk to each other over large distances through an optical fibre, allowing quantum entanglement or teleportation – both key steps towards building a truly global quantum internet via a quantum repeater.
Lead author and PhD student Martin Ringbauer, from UQ’s School of Mathematics and Physics, said the study used photons – single particles of light – to simulate quantum particles travelling through time and study their behaviour, possibly revealing bizarre aspects of modern physics.