The world’s first quantum computer will be transformative for every aspect of society, potentially solving highly complex problems – that are beyond the capacity of conventional computers – in hours or minutes.
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, the Centre, led by Laureate Fellow Professor Michelle Simmons, 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
2018 Australian of the Year; ARC Laureate Fellow; Editor-in-Chief, Nature Quantum Information
Recognised for creating the field of atomic electronics, Scientia Professor Simmons has pioneered a radical and powerful technology for creating electronic devices in silicon with atomic precision. By manipulating and analysing nature at the atomic scale, her team have 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. With patented full-scale architectures for an error corrected processor, her team remains the only group worldwide that can make atomically-precise devices and are focused on developing an all crystalline scale-able silicon-based quantum computer.
In addition to her role as founding Director of Silicon Quantum Computing, Michelle is one of a handful of researchers in Australia to have twice received a Federation Fellowship and now a Laureate Fellowship, the Australian Research Council’s most prestigious award of this kind. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science, of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, of the UK Institute of Physics, of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and of the Australian Academy of Science. She has published more than 400 papers in refereed journals, including 36 Physical Review Letters and papers in Nature, Science, Nature Materials, Nature Physics and Nature Nanotechnology with an h-index of 45.
2018: Australian of the Year
2017: Wilson and Stibitz Award as a pioneer in quantum computing, American Computer Museum
2017: Asia Pacific 2017 L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate
2016: US Foresight Institute Feynman Prize in Experimental Nanotechnology
2016: Lyle Medal, Australian Academy of Science
2015: CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership
Scientia Professor of Physics at UNSW Sydney;
BSc, Karlsruhe (DE); PhD, Stanford (US)
After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, Professor Rogge moved to Stanford University to join the research group of Douglas D Osheroff and in 1997 was subsequently awarded his PhD in physics. As a postdoctoral researcher at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, Sven’s research focused on atomic-scale electronics with the two-fold aim of realising quantum electronics in silicon and establishing atomistic-device physics. He eventually headed up the Atomic-Scale Electronics Group at the Kavli Institute for Nanoscience.
In 2011 Sven joined CQC2T at UNSW Sydney and in 2014 was awarded a Scientia Professorship in recognition of his research performance. At the Centre Sven 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 is well known internationally for his work in quantum information science and technology, most notably in developing an understanding of how qubits in silicon interact with each other and their environment, and interfacing silicon qubits via photons. 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;
Director, ANFF-NSW; BSc (Hons & Medal), University of Sydney; PhD, Cambridge (UK)
Prof Dzurak is Director of the NSW node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, incorporating Australia’s most extensive electron beam lithography capability, a full silicon device process line and a wide variety of nanotechnology tooling. ANFF–NSW is valued at more than $30 million and is crucial to CQC2T’s silicon qubit programs. Andrew is also Principal Investigator on a major contract with the US Army Research Office in silicon-based quantum computing. He is a regular invited speaker at international conferences on quantum computing and nanotechnology, and has served on numerous advisory bodies for the Commonwealth Government, the Australian Academy of Science and the Cambridge Australia Trust.
Prof Dzurak has been working on silicon qubit concepts since 1998 and since 2010 has published 13 papers in the prestigious Science and Nature group journals, including 4 seminal papers in Nature that have demonstrated the world’s first one- and two-qubit quantum logic calculations in silicon chip devices. In total he has published over 170 scientific papers and is a co-inventor on 11 patent families.
Andrew 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. This latter achievement was recognized by Physics World, UK as one of the world’s Top Ten Scientific Breakthroughs for 2015
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, BSc EE, Politecnico di Torino, (IT), PhD, Leiden (NL)
Prof Morello’s background is in condensed-matter physics and electrical engineering, with a long-standing interest in the quantum dynamics of spins in nanostructures. Andrea started his research career at the Grenoble High Magnetic Field Laboratory in 1998, investigating the magnetic phase diagram of high-Tc superconductors, then obtained a PhD from the Kamerlingh Onnes Laboratory in Leiden in 2004, where he did pioneering work on the quantum dynamics of the of molecular nanomagnets at low temperatures. After two years at the University of British Columbia, Andrea joined UNSW Sydney in 2006.
Andrea’s 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. Andrea also develops ideas and theories to demonstrate multi-qubit logic gates and scalable quantum computer architectures, and to shed light on foundational aspects of Quantum Mechanics.
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
2014: 2014 NSW Science and Engineering Award for Emerging Research
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.
Professor Michelle Simmons
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 has established radical new technologies to build devices in silicon at the atomic-scale. She is 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 the Group Executive, Enterprise Services, and Chief Information Officer for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He is an experienced business and IT executive, both in Australia and overseas.