Quantum technologies use the properties of quantum mechanics for practical applications. Quantum technologies are found in our everyday lives, from smart phones and cars to industrial applications in manufacturing, engineering and imaging.
Today’s technology captures only 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 more than $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 are producing the material building blocks of quantum machines. Through the quantum-enabled diagnostics and imaging program, our researchers are extending quantum diagnostic and imaging systems far beyond their current capabilities. And, in the quantum engines and instruments program, they are integrating the components of a quantum machine into a functioning device.
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 data storage.
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