The world’s first quantum computer will be transformative for every aspect of society, potentially solving in hours or minutes, highly complex problems that are currently beyond the capacity of conventional computers.
Silicon Quantum Computing Pty. Ltd. (SQC) is working to create and commercialise a quantum computer based on world leading intellectual property acquired from the Australian Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T).
We have set ourselves a bold ambition: to develop a 10-qubit quantum integrated circuit prototype in silicon by 2022.
SQC currently has parallel platforms for creating a silicon-based quantum computer using atomically engineered phosphorus donors, quantum dots using CMOS technology and hybrids.
Drawing on decades of success, CQC2T has produced the longest coherence time, highest fidelity qubits in the solid state, the ability to optically address single dopant atoms in silicon, the lowest noise silicon devices and the first two qubit gate in silicon.
SQC is owned by the Australian Government, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), Telstra, the University of NSW (UNSW) and the NSW State Government.
Our Lead Scientists
Director, SQC & Director, Centre of Excellence;
Editor-in-Chief, Nature Quantum Information.
Scientia Professor Simmons has pioneered a powerful technology for creating electronic devices in silicon with atomic precision. Her team has developed the world’s first single-atom transistor, the world’s narrowest conducting wires and have demonstrated the ability to encode information on single atoms with record fidelity, spin relaxation and coherence times.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the American Academy of Arts and Science, the American Association of the Advancement of Science, the UK Institute of Physics, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and of the Australian Academy of Science.
2018: Australian of the Year
2017: Asia Pacific 2017 L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate
2016: US Foresight Institute Feynman Prize in Experimental Nanotechnology
Scientia Professor of Physics at UNSW Sydney.
Professor Rogge joined CQC2T in 2011 and in 2014 was awarded a Scientia Professorship in recognition of his research performance. He manages the experimental Silicon Qubit Environment and Interface Program which aims to understand the impact of the environment on the orbital and spin properties of qubits, including that of decoherence processes. He has made significant advances in understanding the physics of spin defects in semiconductors and their potential for quantum applications. He has published 115 articles with 2,053 citations.
2016: Fellow of the American Physical Society (FAPS)
2010: ARC Future Fellow
2000: Fellowship of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Scientia Professor of Electrical Engineering at UNSW Sydney;
Prof Dzurak is Director of the NSW node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility. ANFF–NSW is valued at more than $30 million and is crucial to CQC2T’s silicon qubit programs.
He leads SQC’s project focusing on CMOS-compatible qubits. In 2012, together with Andrea Morello, he demonstrated the world’s first silicon qubits based on single phosphorus atoms and in 2015 his team demonstrated the world’s first two-qubit logic gate in silicon in a CMOS-compatible device. He has published more than 170 scientific papers and is a co-inventor on 11 patent families.
2012: NSW Science and Engineering Award for Engineering and Information and Communications Technologies
2011: Eureka Prize for Scientific Research
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at UNSW Sydney.
Professor Morello joined UNSW Sydney in 2006. His group was the first in the world to achieve single-shot readout of an electron spin in silicon, and the coherent control of both the electron and the nuclear spin of a single donor, all published in Nature. His single-atom qubits hold the records of coherence time and violation of Bell’s inequality in the solid state. These results have opened the door to the practical application of donor-based quantum computing in silicon.
2017: Pollock Memorial Lectureship of the Royal Society of New South Wales
2016: Fellow of the American Physical Society (FAPS); inaugural recipient of the Rolf Landauer and Charles H Bennett Award in Quantum Computing
2013: Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year (Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science)
2011: Eureka Prize for Scientific Research
SQC was formed from the world’s leading silicon quantum computing team and is based within new laboratories at the Centre of Excellence headquarters in Sydney, Australia. No other university setting in the world offers access to such established and unique facilities.
We are currently seeking more than 40 researchers, engineers and technicians to accelerate the commercialisation of our research in silicon quantum computing.
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Stephen Menzies is one of the leading securities lawyers in Australia. He is currently a Consultant at Ashurst in Sydney and a non-executive director of ASX listed Platinum Asset Management and Century Australia Investments Limited.
Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering
Hugh was Chief Scientist at Telstra and is President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of Wollongong and Professorial Fellow of University of Melbourne.
Chief Technology Officer of Telstra
Håkan Eriksson joined Telstra as Chief Technology Officer in 2016. Prior to this appointment, Håkan was Group Chief Technology Officer at Ericsson and CEO of Ericsson Australia and New Zealand.
Deputy Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation & Science
Mike is the Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, where he is responsible for innovation strategy, economic and analytical services, industry growth and resources.
Scientia professor and Laureate Fellow at the University of NSW
Michelle is the Director of the Centre of Excellence and an Australian Laureate Fellow. She is the current Australian of the Year, Editor-in-Chief of Nature Quantum Information and the 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO Asia-Pacific Laureate in the Physical Sciences.
Group Executive, Enterprise Services and Chief Information Officer
David was formerly the Group Executive, Enterprise Services, and CIO for CBA. He is an experienced business and IT executive, both in Australia and overseas.
Head of Emerging Technology, Enterprise Services, CBA
Dilan runs CBA’s Emerging Technology team, identify emerging technologies that are expected to radically change financial services in the medium-long term (5-20 years). Dilan’s current focus areas include big data, cyber, identity, blockchain, smart machines, Internet of Things, Ag-tech, and next-generation compute, including platforms and atomic computing (e.g. quantum computing).