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The University of Sydney launches world-leading nanoscience institute

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This week, the University of Sydney launches the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST), which aims to bring together the best researchers and research facilities to discover and harness new science at the nanoscale, including quantum science, to address some of society’s biggest challenges.

The Sydney Nanoscience Hub will be the new headquarters for AINST, and is among the most advanced facilities for measurement and experimental device fabrication in the world.

The Hub will be home to several different projects including the Quantum Control Lab lead by Associate Professor Michael Biercuk who was a Q3 Symposium participant on the Quantum Moment panel last February. Michael has also been involved in the public media discussing his team’s work in quantum innovation recently on ABC’s Q&A program. Professor David Reilly who leads the Quantum Nanoscience Lab research project at the Hub was also a participant at the first Q1 Symposium in 2014.

This week, AINST will be holding several different events as it officially launches, which included a free public talk by Professor Joanna Aizenberg from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard titled ‘Slippery Surfaces: how nanoscience is changing our material world‘.

A two-day Scientific Meeting will follow from Wednesday to find out the latest developments in nanoscale science and technology from eminent scientists from around the world, including research leaders from the institute. Professor Charles M. Marcus from the Niels Bohr Institute in Denmark will be presenting a seminar ‘From the Atom to the Computer and Back Again – A 100 Year Round Trip‘ on the development of semiconductor-based computing technology and quantum mechanics. Registrations for the meeting are still open and can be done via AINST’s website.

Photo: Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology

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Canadian Prime Minister ducks question about ISIL, but nails quantum

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Justin Trudeau visited the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo last week to attend a press briefing announcing $50 million in funding to continue its research in fundamental physics, including quantum computing. After a journalist in the audience jokingly asked the Canadian PM to explain quantum computing before launching into a question about Canada’s ISIL mission, Trudeau unabashedly avoids the latter by responding to his first question about quantum computing with total ease (see video below).

Professor Jairus Grove of the University of Hawaii, who presented the Q Lecture earlier this year on terrorism in an ‘age of quantum insecurity’ actually answers both of these questions. Watch the full lecture here.

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The Q3 Symposium: Quantum Mind panel

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Following on from the Quantum Moment and Quantum Matter panels on the previous day, Q participants gathered to contemplate the implications of quantum for the mind and consciousness, after a video lecture and Q&A with Professor Alexander Wendt on his book ‘Quantum Mind and Social Science’

The diverse panel was comprised of materials scientist Dr Anirban Bandyopadhyay from the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan, neurologist Dr Andrew Duggins of the University of Sydney Medical School, and molecular geneticist Professor Johnjoe McFadden of the University of Surrey. The panel was moderated by international relations theorist Professor Colin Wight of the University of Sydney.

The discussion centred primarily on the nature of information processing in the brain and branched out from there to consider issues such as how consciousness might arise, the portability of quantum-level processes to the classical scale, and finally the broader implications of quantum mindedness for how we should commence the discussion on security in a quantum age.


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New research in photon technology may hold the key to unhackable communication

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A research team from the University of Sydney’s School of Physics have recently made a breakthrough in how to generate single photons or light particles as carriers of quantum information in security systems.

Professor Benjamin Eggleton, Director of the Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), leads the research team in a collaborative effort between the School of Physics and the School of Electrical and Information Engineering in utilising quantum communication and computing to revolutionise the ability to exchange data securely.

“The ability to generate single photons, which form the backbone of technology used in laptops and the internet, will drive the development of local secure communications systems – for safeguarding defence and intelligence networks, the financial security of corporations and governments and bolstering personal electronic privacy, like shopping online,” Eggleton says.

The team are currently exploring real-world applications of this new technology.

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Alexander Wendt’s animated lecture on ‘Quantum Mind and Social Sciences’ goes live


Last June, the Project Q team travelled to Ann Arbor Michigan to talk with Professor Alexander Wendt from Ohio State University about his bold new book ‘Quantum Mind and Social Science’. The team produced a short video interview as well a short exegesis of the book by Wendt. The final presentation, an animated video lecture by Wendt, encourages us to venture out of our disciplinary silos to consider the importance of quantum physics for the social sciences.

Watch the video below for the final version of Alexander Wendt’s animated video lecture on ‘Quantum Mind and Social Science’:

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Sydney University to open the Nanoscience Hub for the quantum technologies of the future

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The University of Sydney is set to open its one of a kind Nanoscience Hub on April 20, following a public lecture on April 19. The news of the launch has been published on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald.

Associate Professor Michael Biercuk, Professor Benjamin Eggleton and Professor David Reilly will run the three flagship projects at the new Hub on quantum simulations, building quantum devices, and the development of nanoscale photonic circuits, respectively.

Both Associate Professor Biercuk and Professor Reilly have presented papers on their work in quantum technology at the Q Symposium, and Project Q is pleased to be part of a quantum revolution that both are aspiring to build.

You can read about the Quantum Moment panel, where Associate Professor Biercuk presented a paper on The new quantum revolution, and listen to Professor Reilly’s interview with Project Q on the disruptive technologies of quantum mechanics.

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The Q3 Symposium: Quantum Matter panel

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In February 2016, Q participants gathered to hear about the principles and implications of quantum technology from the ‘Quantum Matter’ panel, comprised of three distinguished quantum physicists.

Local panellists included Professor Stephen Bartlett, who leads a research program in theoretical quantum physics at the University of Sydney, and Professor Andrew Dzurak, director of the research program into silicon-based quantum computing at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). The panel was completed by an international guest, Professor Chao-yang Lu, a leading researcher in quantum physics at the University of Science and Technology China (USTC), and moderated by Project Q’s own Dr. Frank Smith, from the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney.

Throughout the discussion, panellists considered several common themes: the nature of quantum knowledge, its implications and relevant stakeholders framed the discussion on Quantum Matter. (more…)

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The Q3 Symposium: Quantum Moment panel


The inaugural panel for Q3 began with the observation that, “Political Science had given up on the future.” In his opening words, Director James Der Derian remarked that what has hindered our ability to prepare for the shocks to the international system has been the abandonment of the essential imperative to speculate. When the premise of a peace and security symposium is speculation, identifying vantage points becomes the primary challenge. Assembling thinkers from a spectrum of methods, disciplines, and cultures, the opening panel traced three of these points.


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Spooky action is closer than you think: Dr. Jairus Grove discusses quantum insecurity on ABC’s Radio National

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Project Q’s co-investigator Dr. Jairus Grove (Center for Futures Studies, University of Hawaii) joined host Joe Gelonesi on the ABC Radio National program The Philosopher’s Zone shortly after the Q Symposium in February to discuss Project Q and the philosophical implication of the quantum conversation.

Listen here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/philosopherszone/spooky-action-is-closer-than-you-think/7192848