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Engineering the quantum future

Quantum technologies use the properties of quantum mechanics for practical applications. Quantum technologies can be found in our everyday lives, from smart phones and cars to industrial applications in manufacturing, engineering and imaging.

Today’s technology only captures a small fraction of the potential of quantum physics. New developments in research and engineering mean a new generation of technologies are being created. These technologies have potential uses in a range of fields - including health, telecommunications, and finance - and will impact across business and society as a whole.

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) is a seven-year investment of over $40 million by the Australian government in quantum technologies. EQUS researchers are conducting world-leading research into building quantum machines, through three research programs.

In the designer quantum materials program, they will produce the material building blocks of quantum machines. Meanwhile, through the quantum-enabled diagnostics and imaging program, our researchers will extend quantum diagnostic and imaging systems far beyond their current capabilities. And, in the quantum engines and instruments program, they will integrate the components of a quantum machine into a functioning device. 

What is a quantum machine?

Quantum machines are next-generation technologies that use the principles of quantum physics. 

Possible applications include: quantum sensors that are potentially cheaper, lighter, and more sensitive than classical sensors; quantum imaging systems, such as cameras that visualise gas leaks or see through smoke; and quantum communication technologies for ultra-secure communications and storage of data. 

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