- 15/05/2017: Our paper on A solid-state single-photon filter appeared today in
Nature Nanotechnology. Go have a look at the beautiful data: and the record nonlinearity threshold of 0.3 ± 0.1 incident photons! Many congratulations to the French team of Lorenzo, Carlos,
Bogdan, Niccolo, Guillaume, Jean, Carmen, Aristide, Isabelle, Loïc, Alexia, and Pascale. When we next all meet, the first bottle of champagne is on me!
- 26/04/2017: Kaumudibikash Goswami starts his PhD in the QT Lab today, joining us from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology. Welcome aboard
Kaumudi, it's great to have you join us!
- 11/04/2017: Our paper on Active demultiplexing of single photons from a solid-state source
appeared today in Laser & Photonics Reviews. Many congratulations to Juan, Raphael, Marcelo, and Azwa; the French team of Isabelle, Aristide, and Pascale; and the Griffith team of Francesco,
Ben, Sachin, Hoang-Phuong, Dzung, and Mirko. It was a great cross-river and cross-hemisphere collaboration!
- 28/03/2017: Our paper on Boson Sampling with Single-Photon Fock States from a Bright Solid-State Source
appeared today in Physical Review Letters. Many congratulations to Juan, Matthew, Marcelo, and the French team of Paul, Olivier, Isabelle, Aristide, and Pascale!
- 14/03/2017: Congratulations to Martin and Juan—and their co-authors Farid and Tim—whose paper on
Ultrafine Entanglement Witnessing appeared today in Physical Review Letters. It's an Editor's Suggestion, and has a Synopsis in
Physics, Prepping an Entanglement Witness. Nice one!
- 27/01/2017: Many, many, congratulations to our friends (and QT Lab alumni), Dr Juan Loredo and
Dr Matthew Broome, who today were each awarded a
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, to work respectively with
the inestimable Professors Pascale Senellart and Peter Lodahl, and their groups in France and Denmark. Nice one Juan and Matthew: what a wonderful start to the new year!
- 25/11/2016: Our contribution to the Roadmap on structured light appeared
today in the Journal of Optics. Many congratulations to Jacqui and the other 29 authors from Australia, Europe, and North America!
- 07/11/2016: Our paper on Sub-megahertz linewidth single photon source appeared
today in APL Photonics. Many congratulations to Markus, Aleksandrina, and Till! Go check out the beautiful, beautiful, data.
- 30/09/2016: Congratulations to Christina, Fabio and Cyril, whose paper on
Multipartite causal correlations: Polytopes and inequalities appeared today in Physical Review A. Nice work one and all!
- 08/09/2016: Wonderful news for physics, and in particular quantum science and technology in Australia: seven years of funding
was announced today
ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, the
ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, the
ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low Energy Electronics Technologies, the
ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science,
and last—but certainly not least!—the
ARC Centre of Excellence
for Gravitational Wave Discovery. Many, many, congratulations to all involved, and heartfelt commiserations for our colleagues who didn't get funded this time.
For funding junkies, here are the Statistics for Approved
- 07/09/2016: Congratulations to Christina, whose opus on
Causal and causally separable processes appeared today in the New Journal of Physics. Keep an eye out for the video abstract, which is an excellent
introduction to this paper!
- 19/08/2016: In today's Physics World there is a wonderful article by Philip Ball on our most recent paper ,
Quantum mechanics trumps nonlocal causality. If you've
a few minutes free, please go check it out!
- 10/08/2016: Our paper on Experimental Test of Nonlocal Causality appeared
today in Science Advances. Many congratulations to Martin, Christina, Fabio, and the nonlocal authors Rafael and Alessandro!
- 01/08/2016: Lewis Howard starts his PhD in the QT Lab today, joining us from Curtin University. Welcome aboard
- 27/07/2016: It is with great sadness that we farewell Juan Loredo, who leaves us after 4 wonderful years to join the
fabulous Pascale Senellart and her team as a Postdoctoral Scientist.
Best of luck in the new gig Juan, and you are very welcome back at anytime!
- 12/07/2016: In today's Science there is a nice article by Adrian Cho,
Massive neutrino experiment undermines our sense of reality. It includes—possibly unwisely, never give an interview when jet-lagged!—comments from Andrew. Go check it out!
- 26/06/2016: Congratulations to Martin Ringbauer, who is one of just 7 PhD students representing Australian science at the
66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting this week. To get a sense of what an amazing week it is, have a look at
the promotional booklet and the
- 18/06/2016: Today's Science Show is all about H.G. Wells, the
author who imaged a
future based on scientific achievement. It's wonderful, with rarely-heard audio recordings of Wells, so if nothing else tune in for that! It
includes a brief chat between the amazing Sharon Carleton and Andrew, that touches on death rays, Tasmania, the Maxwell-Heaviside equations, and Imperialism.
- 10/06/2016: Our paper on Engineering integrated photonics for heralded quantum gates appeared
today in Scientific Reports. Many congratulations to Devon, Matthew, Alessandro, and the Macquarie team of Tom, Michael, Alexei, Graham, Michael, and
- 09/06/2016: Andrew is giving an hour-long Tutorial today at CLEO on Photonic
Quantum Simulation. If you're at CLEO let's catch up for a coffee and a chat!
- 07/06/2016: There's a great article today in PhysOrg,
The path to perfection: Quantum dots in electrically-controlled
cavities yield bright, nearly identical photons. It was prompted by our recent Nature Photonics paper, but is more wide ranging than that, and has heaps of
thoughtful observations from Pascale. If you're interested in quantum dots or photon sources, go read it now!
- 24/05/2016: Andrew is giving a talk tonight in a Pint of Science, event at
the Lucky Duck Cafe and Bar. Come along for a drink and a chat!
- 15/04/2016: Our paper on Enhancing coherent transport in a photonic network using controllable decoherence appeared today in Nature Communications. Many congratulations to Devon, Aidan, Matthew, Alessandro and Ivan, and the Jena team of René, Markus, Stefan, and Alex!
- 13/04/2016: Our paper on Scalable performance in solid-state single-photon sources appeared today in Optica. Many congratulations to Juan, Marcelo, Azwa, Matthew,and the French team of Niccolo, Carlos, Lorenzo, Valerian,
Thomas, Olivier, Guillamue, Isabelle, Aristide, Alexia, and Pascale!
07/03/2016: Our paper on Near-optimal single-photon sources
in the solid state appeared today in Nature Photonics. Many congratulations to Juan, Marcelo, and the French team of Niccolo, Valerian, Lorenzo,
Gaston, Simone, Carlos, Justin, Carmen, Isabelle, Daniel, Aristide, Alexia, and, of course, Pascale! Press releases can be found in English at
SciMex and in French at
CNRS (a shorter English version of the latter is
here). I think perhaps some Pisco is in order ... Peruvian, naturally!
- 18/02/2016: Our paper on Measuring Entanglement in a Photonic
Embedding Quantum Simulator appeared today in Physical Review Letters. Many congratulations to Juan, Marcelo, and the Bilbao/Ulm team of Roberto,
Julen, Jorge, and Kike!
- 15/01/2016: In the Festival of Art, Science and Ideas, Andrew is a panel member today in
Science Texts That Changed the World. From The Origin of the Species to
Andrew Wakefield’s notorious paper, come join the discussion on big science texts led by the inimitable Joel Gilmore!
- 11/01/2016: Raphael Abrahão starts his PhD in the QT Lab today, joining us from Universidade Estadual de
Campinas. Welcome aboard Raphael!
- 04/11/2015: There is a nice write-up today in phys.org of Christina and colleagues' recent paper,
Quantum process demonstrates superposition of ordered events. Go check it out!
- 30/10/2015: Many congratulations to Jacquiline Romero, who today was awarded an Australian Research Council
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award:
simply wonderful news!
- 26/10/2015: The ABC's The World
interviewed Andrew for some context regarding the
magnificent recent experiment of Bas Hensen and colleagues. Andrew would like to apologise, it'd been a long
- 22/10/2015: Andrew's talk was one of three presentations highlighted in the Daily Wrap for
Frontiers in Optics 2015. That photo is
now officially the dorkiest one ever taken of him: no mean feat!
- 21/10/2015: There's a great video interview with Martin—or as we shall call him today, Marty!— in the article
It’s 2015, so where’s my flying car? (Spoiler alert: we still need
- 21/10/2015: It's Back To The Future Day! Andrew is in California at
FiO2015 giving an invited talk on
Photonic Quantum Simulation & Emulation which includes both our work on simulating time travel and appropriate props—do you have any idea how hard it is
to get a flux capacitor through customs?—whilst Martin and Tim are—at the request of the White House no less—doing a
Google+ Hangout Conversation on time travel. Great Scott!
- 22/07/2015: Our paper on Demonstration of an Exposed-Core Fiber Platform for Two-Photon Rubidium Spectroscopy appeared today in Physical Review Applied. Congratulations to Chris, Andre, and the entire team at Adelaide!
This is our second paper with the wonderful lab at Adelaide, and the first-ever with a Deputy-Vice-Chancellor-Research as a co-author!
- 19/10/2015: Our paper on Witnessing causal nonseparability appeared today
in the New Journal of Physics. Many congratulations to Christina, Cyril, and Fabio, and the Vienna team of Mateus, Adrien and Časlav!
- 12/10/2015: Sarah Lau starts her PhD in the QT Lab today, joining us from industry, and before that the
University of Queensland. Welcome aboard Sarah!
- 07/07/2015: After 7 wonderful years, Alessandro Fedrizzi is leaving us to take up a Readership at Heriot-Watt
university. Wishing you and your family all the best at the new gig Sandro, and you are very welcome back here anytime! Your new lab looks like it'll be a thing of
beauty, so we're very much looking forward to research visits.
- 09/06/2015: What a week! Many congratulations to Alessandro Fedrizzi, who was awarded today a
EPSRC Quantum Technology Fellowship by the UK government! Alessandro is moving to
Heriot-Watt university as a Reader, and will use this Fellowship to study "QuigaByte-Gigahertz-clocked telecom cluster states for next generation quantum photonics".
At £1.2M, *plus* contributions from his new uni, this is worth more than an Australian Laureate Fellowship—a fantastic result!
- 08/06/2015: Many congratulations to our former PhD student and postdoc, Ben Lanyon, who was
awarded this evening one of the 2015 START Prizes; up to 1.2M€, it is "the
most important and prestigious Austrian research prize for junior scientists". A fantastic achievement!
- 20/05/2015: There is a wonderful article in Nature today by Zeeya Merali,
Quantum physics: What is really real?. Sub-titled "A wave of
experiments is probing the root of quantum weirdness" it includes quotes from Alessandro, Martin, and Andrew: go check it out!
- 30/04/2015: Our paper on Photon Sorting, Efficient Bell Measurements, and a
Deterministic Controlled-Z Gate Using a Passive Two-Level Nonlinearity appeared today in Physical Review Letters. Congratulations to Tim, Immo, Sahand and
Peter! This is our first paper with the team in Denmark: may there be many more!
- 22/04/2015: One of the Nature editors, Leonie Mueck, has a great article today in Nature Chemistry titled
Quantum Reform. It looks at the potential, and history, of quantum simulation in quantum
chemistry, and cites articles from our lab and from Ivan Kassal's PhD. Check it out!
- 21/04/2015: For our Italian readers, Marco Barbieri has written a nice article on our wavefunction
paper in Il Bo, with the lovely title La tombola della meccanica quantistica. Mille
- 01/04/2015: Aleksandrina Nikolova starts her PhD in the QT Lab today, joining us from Royal Holloway, University of
London. Welcome aboard Aleksandrina!
- 23/03/2015: Good news for the quantum technology community: today the UK government today announced their
National strategy for quantum technologies, part of which is
their £270M investment first announced in 2013. This article on the announcement in the
International Business Times
made us smile: to illustrate Quantum Technology in the UK they used a photo from our lab! (But Matthew is British, so we guess it's OK).
- 15/03/2015: There's a very fun and informative FQXI podcast today with Alessandro Fedrizzi and Martin Ringbauer,
Quantum Reality Check, which includes a subtle
Thunderbirds reference, conversation about cats & regular QT Lab visitor
Terry Rudolph, and card-playing. Go have a listen, it's well worth the time!
- 04/03/2014: Our quantum dynamics paper is one of six Editors
Suggestions in today's Physical Review Letters. These are papers chose to promote reading across fields, in the
hope that they will lead readers to explore other areas of physics. Congratulations again Martin, Chris, Kavan, Alexei and Alessandro!
- 04/03/2015: Our paper on Characterizing quantum dynamics with initial
environment correlations appeared today in Physical Review Letters. Congratulations Martin, Chris, Kavan, Alexei and Alessandro!
- 20/02/2015: There is an excellent article today in The New York Times' Sunday Review by Edward Frenkel,
The Reality of Quantum Weirdness. I never thought I'd see our
quantum measurements and Kurosawa’s Rashomon in the same essay—love it!
- 12/02/2015: An utterly wonderful article by our co-author Eric Cavlacanti in The
Conversation today: Schrödinger’s cat gets a reality check. Definitely worth
the read! Postscript: the article has been picked up by
Australasian Science. Nice one Eric!
- 09/02/2015: For our German readers, a nice article today in Austria's ORF,
Schrödingers Katze ist tot und lebendig. This one illustrated with a heterochromic feline!
- 08/02/2015: The Register has a detailed article on our work by the ever estimable
They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND
DEAD—Objective reality, who needs it?. Graphics and everything!
- 04/02/2015: My goodness, our paper on the reality of the wavefunction has been reported today in both Russia—
Физики сообщили об объективной реальности волновой функции—and Bulgaria—
Изследователи описват вълновата функция на
котката на Шрьодингер. The illustration in the Bulgarian article made me laugh despite myself.
- 04/02/2015: A wonderful article in Motherboard today on our paper,
New Measurements Show
the Unrealest Part of Quantum Physics Is Very Real, including a link to Matt Leifer's excellent website.
- 03/02/2015: And it continues. Another nice article in today's Phys.Org on our paper,
Researchers describe the wavefunction of Schroedinger's cat. Check it out!
- 02/02/2015: Whoa, that was quick-off-the-mark! New Scientist has an article today by Michael Slezak,
Wave function gets real in quantum experiment. A nice
introduction to it all, finishing off with a great quote by Howard Wiseman.
- 02/02/2015: Our paper on Measurements on the reality of the wavefunction
appeared today in Nature Physics. Congratulations Martin, Ben, Cyril, Eric and Alessandro!
- 28/01/2015: There is a truly excellent write-up of our quantum time-travel simulation at medium.com,
The Quantum Experiment That Simulates A Time
Machine. For those who prefer a more yellow version of the same article, have a look at
- 19/01/2015: Today is the official Opening Ceremony of the
International Year of Light at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris. There are 1500
delegates attending from around the world: Andrew White is one of the two Australian invitees, and is quite looking forward to it!
- 05/01/2015: A very warm welcome to Nicolas Quesada who is visiting us for the next two
months from the University of Toronto. Welcome aboard Nicolas!
- 05/01/2015: What better way to start the year than announce that Nor Azwa Zakaria has joined the QT Lab from
the University of Malaysia Terengganu. Welcome Azwa!
- 01/01/2015: Happy New Year! Welcome to the International Year of Light *. For a great article on what it's
about, and how it came to be—basically down to the ever-irrepressible Antipodean John Dudley—have a look at this Optics & Photonics News
article, 2015: The
International Year of Light. Physics World also has an interesting, and shorter article,
Physicists get set for UNESCO's Year of
* "...and Light-Enabled Technologies", yeah, I know.
- 11/12/2014: Many congratulations to Martin Ringbauer, whose talk on "Measurements on the Reality of the Wavefunction" won the Prize for Best
Student Talk at the 21st Australian Institute of Physics Congress. Now that's the way to end the year!
- 07/11/2014: Our paper on Information Causality in the Quantum and
Post-Quantum Regime appeared today in Scientific Reports. Congratulations Martin, Alessandro, and Dominic!
- 19/09/2014: Warmest congratulations from us all to Markus Rambach, winner of the 2014 School of Mathematics and Physics Postgraduate Research
Poster Competition! Markus joins QT Lab alumni Matthew Broome and Ben Lanyon as recipients of the award, but his prize is the best yet: $750 to spend on your
next research trip—thoroughly well deserved and have fun with it Markus!
- 17/09/2014: Warmest congratulations from us all to Dr Alessandro Fedrizzi,
who last night was awarded the 2014
Foundational Research Excellence Award, one of just
seven winners across the entire University. Check out the
very nice video explaining the science behind his award. The night was fantastic fun, as were the drinks
- 24/06/2014: The Register has a subheadline straight out of Treasure of Sierra Madre in their article
TIME TRAVEL TEST finds black holes needed
to make photons flit, and gizmag picks up the story as well,
Australian researchers simulate a time-traveling photon.
- 23/06/2014: Science Alert has improved our graphics considerably in their take on
Time Travel Simulated by Australian Physicists.
- 21/06/2014: An article in The Speaker,
Time Travel Simulated by Australian Physicists.
- 20/06/2014: And it begins! There are articles on our time-travel simulation paper in phys.org,
Simulating time travel: Doctor Who meets Professor Heisenberg,
Scientists Have Simulated Time Travel With Photons, and
Researchers Simulate Time Travel Using Light.
- 19/06/2014: Our paper on Experimental simulation of closed
timelike curves appeared today in Nature Communications. Congratulations Martin, Matthew, Casey and Tim! The UQ press release can be found
- 23/04/2014: Our paper on
Entanglement-free certification of entangling gates appeared today in Physical Review A.
It was a lot of fun, with many long discussions between theorist and experimentalist: congratulations Marcelo, Mile, Alessandro, Matthew and Tim!
- 10/04/2014: Our holonomic phase paper is one of four Editors
Suggestions in today's Physical Review Letters. These are papers chose to promote reading across fields, in the
hope that they will lead readers to explore other areas of physics. Congratulations again Juan, Matthew and Devin!
- 10/04/2014: Our paper on
Observation of Entanglement-Dependent Two-Particle Holonomic Phase appeared today in Physical Review Letters.
It's Juan Loredo's first—but certainly not the last!—experiment from our lab: congratulations and may there be many more!
- 05/02/2014: There's are more nice articles today on our uncertainty paper, in PhysOrg,
Research team challenges the limits of famous quantum principle, and in Laboratory Equipment,
Physicists Challenge Heisenberg.
- 24/01/2014: Juan Loredo's paper on
Polarimetric measurements of single-photon geometric phases appeared today in Physical Review A.
It's from work with his former group in Peru: nice one Juan!
- 22/01/2014: There articles today on our uncertainty paper in the
Austria Presse Agentur.
If you read German check them out out!
- 15/01/2014: Our joint-quantum-measurement paper is one of seven Editors
Suggestions in today's Physical Review Letters. These are papers chose to promote reading across fields, in the
hope that they will lead readers to explore other areas of physics. Congratulations again Martin, Devon, Cyril, Matthew and Alessandro!
- 15/01/2014: Our paper on
Experimental Joint Quantum Measurements with Minimum Uncertainty appeared today in Physical Review Letters.
It's Martin Ringbauer's first paper with our lab: congratulations and may there be many more!
- 01/01/2014: Happy New Year! For those of you who like round-number anniversaries, 2014 is a significant year for quantum information.
○ 50 years ago John Bell published his
famous inequality paper,
○ 30 years ago quantum cryptography was
invented by Bennett and Brassard,
○ 20 years ago—after a
long gestation—quantum computing was born with
Peter Shor's paper introducing a fast factoring algorithm.
- 04/12/2013: There's a great Viewpoint today by Christine Silberhorn on our new paper—and related papers by the groups of Gerd Leuchs
and Roman Schnabel— Sharing Entanglement without Sending It. Check it out!
- 04/12/2013: Our paper on
Experimental Distribution of Entanglement with Separable Carriers appeared today in Physical Review Letters.
Congratulations one and all!
- 15/07/2013: Our paper on
High-efficiency cross-phase modulation in a gas-filled waveguide appeared today in Physical Review A.
This is our first paper with Andre Luiten's amazing lab in Adelaide. Congratulations Chris, Phil, and the
rest of the team!
- 20/06/2013: Alán Aspuru-Guzik has noticed that our Quantum Chemistry paper is the
21st most cited paper in Nature Chemistry, according to the
Google Scholar H5 index. Not bad for a physics lab!
- 17/06/2013: Our photon-source paper is one of three Editors
Suggestions in today's Physical Review Letters. These are papers chose to promote reading across fields, in the
hope that they will lead readers to explore other areas of physics. Congratulations again Olivier and Marcelo!
- 17/06/2013: Our paper on Entangling Quantum-Logic
Gate Operated with an Ultrabright Semiconductor Single-Photon Source appeared today in Physical Review Letters.
This is our first paper with Pascale Senellart and her wonderful lab in Paris. Congratulations Olivier, Marcelo, and the
rest of the team!
- 14/06/2013: Today we bid a fond farewell to
Olivier Gazzano who is
returning to France to hand in his PhD. Thank you Olivier, we had a blast and come back anytime! (Also, don't let Marcelo
take you out drinking before your 22:30 flight ... oh, too late).
- 29/05/2013: Andrew was formally admitted today to the Australian Academy of Science during
Science at the Shine Dome 2013, and gave an
introductory lecture on
The Second Quantum Revolution.
- 29/05/2013: Our paper on
Direct characterization of linear-optical
networks appeared today in Optics Express. Congratulations Saleh, Matthew, Robert, Alessandro and Tim!
- 22/05/2013: There's a nice article at FQXI
Discord in the Quantum World that mentions—amongst many
other things—our experimental work on quantum discord. Surf on over and have a read!
- 16/05/2013: For those of you interesting in all things quantum computing, go read Scott Aaronson's blog post
D-Wave: Truth finally starts to emerge. The tl;dr version:
good news. It's finally possible—modulo some reasonable assumptions—to infer the presence of
entanglement in a D-Wave device, athough not what kind, or how much. bad news. D-Wave have showed no speed
advantage whatsoever for quantum annealing over classical simulated annealing. terrible news. D-Wave's egregious
hype is very destructive.
- 02/05/2013: Andrew provided comments to the ABC on the excellent paper by Sven Rogge and his team
published in Nature today, Positive spin in
quantum discovery. Congratulations Chunming, Sven and the rest of the team!
- 14/04/2013: A very warm welcome to
Olivier Gazzano who is
visiting us for the next two months, as part of our collaboration with the wonderful lab of
Pascale Senellart. Welcome
- 04/04/2013: Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Hoj, was on ABC Radio this morning reporting that
UQ Scientists receive Australian Academy of Science Fellowships. Have a listen! Andrew wants to note
that—despite the lede—no actual buckets of money are involved ... although he's not averse to some if folk are
feeling inclined that way.
- 31/03/2013: Congratulations to Alessandro Fedrizzi and former QT Lab Alumnus Kevin Resch for their paper in Nature Photonics,
Spectral compression of single photons. Very nice!
- 27/03/2013: Andrew is one of twenty new
Fellows of the Australian Academy of Sciences,
five of whom are from UQ. He's very thrilled and very humbled.
- 21/03/2013: The New York Times, has a nice article on things to do when you next visit our lab:
36 Hours in Brisbane, Australia.
- 15/01/2013: Congratulations to Matthew Broome for his paper in Nature Communications today,
Multiphoton quantum interference in a multiport integrated photonic device. Matt's coauthors include much-missed QT
Lab alumni Marco Barbieri and Nathan Langford, and the paper came out of a research trip to Ian Walmsley's wonderful
group in Oxford. Congratulations one and all!
- 08/01/2013: Edwin Cartlidge has a thoughtful piece in Physics World today,
'Boson sampling' offers shortcut to quantum computing. Surf on over and have a read!
- 03/01/2013: Many congratulations to Alessandro Fedrizzi for his recent paper in the Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences,
Quantum erasure with causally disconnected choice. What a fabulous start to the year!
- 02/01/2013: Happy New Year! photonics.com has a report on our BosonSampling paper, with a title that the
Terminator folk should consider for the next film in the franchise:
Rise of the Boson-Sampling Computer.
- 27/12/2012: Scientific American are the latest to report on our work, with Charles Choi's article on
New Computer Bridges Classical and Quantum Computing.
- 25/12/2012: Merry Christmas! Charles Choi has given us a lovely gift, an article in Tech News Daily,
New Computer Bridges Classical and Quantum Computing. Update: And for Boxing Day,
Yahoo News has picked up
- 21/12/2012: John Timmer has a thoughtful piece in Ars Technica,
Can quantum measurements beat classical computers?
- 21/12/2012: Scott has a wonderful blog post today,
The Boson Apocalypse: my advice is to immediately stop
reading this list, and start reading Scott's post!
- 21/12/2012: In a neat trick, Samuel Moore published an article in Spectrum the day before our
paper came out,
New Machine Puts Quantum Computers’ Utility to the Test.
- 21/12/2012: Phys.org has not one but two articles on our BosonSampling research: one focussed on our
At the solstice: Shining light on quantum computers,
and one on the paper from Ian Walmsley and his team at Oxford,
Boson samplers offering promise for new kinds of
computing devices. No need to choose, read them both!
- 21/12/2012: And the articles continue. Anna Salleh of ABC Science has written a nice article on our
Proving the need for quantum computers.
- 21/12/2012: And in the UK, Devin Powell has a nice News article in Nature that discusses the Oxford
BosonSampling results, with a mention of ours in a sentence but a great photo of Matthew heading the article,
Photon devices could outperform ordinary computers.
- 21/12/2012: Adrian Cho has written a great news article in Science that talks about our BosonSampling
research, as well as that of our colleagues and friends in the UK, Austria, and Italy:
New Form of Quantum Computation Promises Showdown With Ordinary Computers.
- 20/12/2012: Well that was quick! Jacob Aron of New Scientist has written an article about our and
Oxford's Science papers,
Victorian counting device gets speedy quantum makeover.
(In it he has promoted Matthew to group leader: Andrew is quite happy with this as he plans to go back to the lab and let
Matthew get on with the paperwork...)
- 20/12/2012: Eureka Alert has three photos for our BosonSampling paper:
○ The logo of the Quantum Technology Lab spelled
out with the laser beams used in the BosonSampling device.
○ Dr. Broome at work on the BosonSampling
○ Drs. Alessandro Fedrizzi (left) and Matthew Broome
(right) designing the BosonSampling device.
20/12/2012: Our paper on
Photonic Boson Sampling in a Tunable Circuit was published online today in Science. It's a collaboration with
Scott Aaronson and Justin Dove at MIT: it's our first paper with computer scientists, and their first paper with
experimentalists! Congratulations one and all. (Click on the photo to go to the UQ press release).
- 22/11/2012: Our 2010 quantum chemistry paper was the feature today of a fascinating editorial in the
International Journal of Quantum Chemistry,
Quantum chemistry reloaded.
- 05/11/2012: Many congratulations to Alessandro Fedrizzi, who today was awarded an Australian Research Council
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award: just wonderful
- 22/10/2012: Congratulations to Marcelo Almeida, whose paper on Estimation of a quantum interaction parameter using weak measurements: Theory and experiment was published today in Physical Review A. Co-authors included QT Lab Alumni Marco Barbieri and Michael Goggin, and the oft-visited Holger Hofmann: a shame we can't all celebrate in the same room today!
- 06/06/2012: Coinciding with the Transit of Venus, our paper on Observation of topologically protected bound
states in photonic quantum walks was published today in Nature Communications. Congratulations to joint first-authors Matthew Broome and Takuya Kitagawa,
and everyone in both the UQ and Harvard teams!
- 29/05/2012: Congratulations to Ivan Kassal and his collaborator Alán Aspuru-Guzik, their paper on
Environment-assisted quantum transport in ordered systems
was published today in the New Journal of Physics. Nice one!
Our paper on Two-photon quantum walks in an elliptical direct-write waveguide array was highlighted
today by the New Journal of Physics in the Highlights of 2011 collection:
the second year running that one of our papers has been highlighted! “Selected by the editors, the sixty-four articles featured span some of the most cutting-
edge areas of physics, and collectively represent the most cited, most downloaded and most influential articles published in NJP in 2011.” Many congratulations
to Matthew, Jimmy, and both the teams at Macquarie and UQ, this is an outstanding result!
- 27/02/2012: Congratulations again to Alessandro Fedrizzi, this time for his paper on Entanglement dynamics and quasi-periodicity in discrete quantum walks which was published online today in the Journal of Modern Optics. A good start to the year!
- 30/01/2012: Congratulations to Alessandro Fedrizzi, whose paper on Polarization-entanglement-conserving frequency conversion of photons was published today in Physical Review A. Co-authors included QT Lab Alumni Nathan Langford and Sven Ramelow: we'll all have to celebrate together at QCMC later this year!
- 10/01/2012: Our paper on Conclusive quantum steering with superconducting transition edge sensors was
published today in Nature Communications. Click on the pretty graphic to go to the UQ press release:
This is our first paper with Sae Woo Nam and his wonderful team at
NIST Boulder. Congratulations to everyone in both the UQ and NIST labs!
- 05/01/2012: Congratulations to Matthew Broome, winner of the Centre for Quantum Computation and
Communication Technology Photographic Image Competition. Clever, artistic, and now proud holder of a $800 Apple voucher!
- 13/12/2011: Congratulations to our long-time collaborator Sae Woo Nam who today was awarded the
Department of Commerce Gold Medal, the highest honorary award granted by the
Secretary of Commerce. A wonderful result and well deserved!
- 14/11/2011: Many congratulations to Marcelo Almeida, who today was awarded an Australian Research Council
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award: this is a
fantastic result Marcelo and we're all excited and proud!
- 07/09/2011: Well it's been quite a year for the intersection of quantum and pop culture. A paper this week in Science by our former PhD student,
postdoc, and much missed colleague Ben Lanyon, was mentioned today in a
tweet by Stephen Fry!
Congratulations Ben on both the superb paper, and the call-out by Stephen Fry—is this the modern British equivalent of being recognised by royalty? ☺
- 01/09/2011: There's a story today in New Scientist on a nice recent paper by Mariantoni and colleagues at UCSB,
Quantum computer chips pass key milestones; it contains a few
colour comments by Andrew (who in his defence, did so late at night his time!).
- 13/07/2011: Our paper on Two-photon quantum walks in an elliptical direct-write waveguide array
was published today in the New Journal of Physics in their Focus on Integrated Quantum Optics. It's the first collaborative paper between the
experimental teams at UQ and Macquarie—congratulations to all!
- 10/06/2011: Holy heck! Our long time friend and QT Lab collaborator, Aephraim Steinberg, made the big
time today, with the BBC's
Now Show including a custom-written
song about his recent paper in Science!
- 01/06/2011: There's a nice News Feature in Nature today,
Quantum computing: The power of discord. It looks at recent work on quantum
discord—a newish kind of quantum correlation—including our paper experimental paper from 2008. Definitely worth a read! One important correction: the
opening line of the article makes it sound like I built our experiment, when of course the hard yards were done by Ben, Marco, and Marcelo—all congratulations
are due to them!
- 25/05/2011: Our collaborator Alán Aspuru-Guzik gives an interview at physicsworld.com,
Quantum computers tackle chemistry and biology. Go check it out, it's only 4 minutes long and does a
nice job of explaining why we find our work on quantum simulation so compelling!
- 20/05/2011: A good day: our paper on Hardy’s Paradox and Violation of a State-Independent Bell
Inequality in Time was also published today in Physical Review Letters. Congratulations to all, but particularly to Alessandro, two first-author papers in
- 20/05/2011: Our paper on Experimental information complementarity of two-qubit states was
published today in the New Journal of Physics. Congratulations to all!
- 05/05/2011: Andrew today was presented his 2010 Pawsey Medal by the
Australian Academy of Science at Science at the Shine Dome 2011. It's been quite fun hearing
talks from all branches of Science!
- 04/05/2011: The Register has an article on our compressive sensing paper from March,
Oz boffins in quantum computing breakthrough. The article has thoughtfully
been labelled NSFMP, i.e. Not Safe For Maths-Phobics ® .
- 11/04/2011: Andrew has been awarded a University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship! A list of all the awardees can be found
in this nice article on cleaning up mining waste using bugs.
- 16/03/2011: Well this is interesting: according to a paper in the arXiv today, the best city in Australia for physics—by quite a ways it turns
out—is Brisbane. The paper identifies which cities worldwide produce more excellent papers than can be expected. The idea is that:
...if excellent papers are defined as the top-10% most-highly cited papers in a field, on the basis of the null hypothesis a value of 10% of all papers published from
a city would be expected as belonging to this category.
The authors then calculate the standardized residual for every city in the world in 2008 that published a top-10% paper, using
Z=(observed-expected)/√expected (Z=1 indicates the city is publishing the expected number of
top-10 papers). They note—and I'm sure we all heartily agree!—that:
From a policy perspective, it may pay off for the sciences within a country to identify (by these visualization methods) and expand regional centers of excellence (for
example, with specific financial support). In our opinion, one should not subsidize size, but those centers should be fostered where the observed number of excellent
papers exceeds the expected numbers.
And the results for Australia in Physics? <drum-roll> Brisbane, Z=4.1; Adelaide, Z=3.1; Melbourne, Z=2.7; Sydney, Z=2.5, and Canberra, Z=1.4.
- 08/03/2011: And TG Daily also has an article on our compressive sensing paper:
Quantum engineers clear a roadblock in
developing new technologies. I love the editorial at the end of this article:
If you are a technology enthusiast you might find yourself interested enough to want to read it. You won’t be able to though because you have to have a subscription to
read the journal. That may be a bummer but the future of academic journals is creative commons licenses. Scientific information like this will become more widely
available to the public sooner rather than later.
- 08/03/2011: In Germany, myScience also has an article on our compressive sensing paper:
Quantum engineers remove roadblock
in developing next-generation technologies. Despite the same title as the PhysOrg article, the text is different!
- 08/03/2011: Quick as always, today's PhysOrg has an article on our compressive sensing paper:
Quantum engineers remove roadblock in developing next-generation
- 07/03/2011: Our paper on Efficient Measurement of Quantum Dynamics via Compressive Sensing
was published today in Physical Review Letters. Click on the pretty graphic to go to the UQ press release:
Congratulations everyone, and hopefully one day all the co-authors can meet in person, preferably over a nice meal!
- 02/03/2011: Our paper on Matchgate quantum computing and non-local process analysis was
highlighted today in the New Journal of Physics Best of 2010—“a special
collection of papers that represents the breadth and excellence of the work published in the journal last year. The articles were selected for their presentation of
outstanding new research, receipt of the highest praise from our international referees and the highest number of downloads last year.” Congratulations Sven,
Alessandro and Aephraim, that's an outstanding result!
- 31/01/2011: Our paper on Single-photon device requirements for operating linear optics quantum
computing outside the post-selection basis was published online today in the Journal of Modern Optics. Particular congratulations to Thomas, and thanks to
the Australian Research Council who made this possible by awarding Thomas a Linkage Fellowship.
- 10/01/2011: Our paper on Violation of the Leggett–Garg inequality with weak measurements of photons
was published online today in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Nice job everyone, and Mike, you're welcome back at any
- 05/01/2011: Our paper on Engineered optical nonlinearity for a quantum light
source was published in this month's Optics Express (but has an official publication date of December 20, 2010—do we count this as a 2010 or a 2011
paper?). Congratulations Aggie and Alessandro on what I'm sure will be the first of many fruitful collaborations!
- 05/01/2011: Till's paper on Imaging of Trapped Ions with a Microfabricated Optic for
Quantum Information Processing was published in this month's Physical Review Letters. Nice one Till!
- 14/12/2010: During the Brisbane Writers Festival earlier this year, the ABC
Ably hosted by Paul Willis, the topic was The Gloriously Messy Universe, which
given the resulting conversation between Marcelo Gleiser,
Tamara Davis, and Andrew White is a pretty apt choice of
We found out today that it will be broadcast on the Big Ideas program next month on Sunday 9th January (2pm WA, 4pm Q/NT, 5pm N/V/T/SA), and again on Thursday
13th January (3, 5 & 6pm). If the conversation sounds sharp and interesting, then much credit must go to
Abbie Thomas and her team! (These programs will also be
available after the broadcast date.)
- 1/12/2010: Andrew White has been made a
Fellow of the American Physical Society. Goodness!
- 1/10/2010: James Owens has been awarded a honourable mention and a special
prize for his oral presentation at the UQ Undergraduate Research Conference! Congratulations James, this is a great result that recognises all
your hard work—enjoy spending the prize money!
- 23/09/2010: Our regulator collaborator Alán Aspuru-Guzik has been named one of the
2010 Young Innovators under 35 by Technology Review! Congratulations
Alán! Video here in an awful embedded format. Slide the scroller at the bottom of the screen
until you get to TR35 Session 2, Sep 23 2010, then enjoy. (Unless you're reading this via an iOS device, as the video is in flash—kinda ironic for a tech
- 14/09/2010: James Owens has been nominated to represent the Faculty of Science at the Inaugural UQ
Undergraduate Research Conference. This is wonderful news and came entirely out of the blue: best of luck James!
- 12/08/2010: Our paper on Matchgate quantum computing and non-local process analysis was
published today in New Journal of Physics. Another successful Australian-Austrian-Canadian collaboration!
- 28/07/2010: Alessandro—together with former QT Alumni Sven Ramelow, Kevin Resch, and Thomas Jennewein— has
a paper today in
Nature on Direct generation of photon triplets using cascaded photon-pair sources. Nice one Alessandro!
- 23/07/2010: Well that was difficult! The posters at QCMC were simply superb, and after much discussion the judges came back to the Centres to ask for two
prizes. It was Andrew's great pleasure to award these this afternoon to Stuart Szigeti and
Stefanie Barz—many congratulations to you both!
- 19/07/2010: The Tenth International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computation—QCMC to its
friends—begins today at the University of Queensland. On behalf of both EQuS and
CQC2T we're pleased to announce a Student Poster Prize for best presented
and explained poster. We wish to stress that none of us are judges for the prize—or indeed organisers of the conference—so all bribes, compliments,
complaints should be directed elsewhere ... see you at the poster sessions!
- 16/07/2010: Wonderful news for quantum science and optical science in Australia: seven years of funding
was announced today
ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, the
ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, and the
ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems. Time to update the
logos on our webpages! Many, many, congratulations to all involved, and heartfelt commiserations for our colleagues in the Australian Centre for
Quantum-Atom-Optics. For funding junkies, here is the full selection report.
- 24/05/2010: Congratulations to Ben Lanyon who is a winner of the 2009 Dean's Awards List for
Outstanding Research Higher Degree Theses. Very well deserved, and you can shout us all a drink the next time you're in town!
- 24/05/2010: Andrew was interviewed by Simon Lauder in The World Today, A few
atoms bring quantum computing closer, about a nice paper published today by Michelle Simmons and her group in Nature Nanotechnology. For the very definition
of eloquent, listen to his reaction when asked if this paper shows that the silicon approach is the one to put your money on (to be fair, he'd only had 2 hours sleep
at that stage...)
- 11/05/2010: Our paper on quantum walks was featured in the Faculty of Science Photo of the Week,
Photon Goes on Quantum Walk-about. Nice photo Matt! And scrolling down (insect, insect, insect ...) we
found that we were also photo of the week back in January, Quantum Computer used to calculate the precise
energy of molecular hydrogen.
- 15/04/2010: Our quantum chemistry has been highlighted as one of the Editors'
favourite articles from the first year of Nature Chemistry:
In fact, it was the only article highlighted for February! All the articles are free until the end of June, so if you haven't done so,
go download it now.
- 13/04/2010: Andrew was named one of thirty-one Prestige Fellows at the
University of Queensland in a ceremony tonight. Unfortunately he missed the celebration due to a particularly recalcitrant toddler—such is life!
- 10/04/2010: Andrew and Gerard Milburn were both in today's wonderful Science Show on
Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. As always, Robyn Williams does an
incomparably good job—well worth a listen!
- 15/03/2010: Our quantum chemistry work is one of 40 featured abstracts
on the images page of the American Physical Society March Meeting! This is the
largest Physics conference in the world, with over 7500 presentations, 10,000 attendees, and 42
parallel sessions this morning alone. Congratulations team!
- 26/02/2010: Our paper on Experimental feedback control of quantum systems using weak
measurements was published today in Physical Review Letters. Congratulations one and all ... at last!
- 10/02/2010: There's a writeup of our work at the Italian science blog Science Backstage,
Calcolo fotonico. Meraviglioso!
- 03/02/2010: And today we're in the Tehran Times, Engineering the Computer of the
future, one atom at a time. Hello to our Iranian readers!
- 02/02/2010: Heh. There's an article by Nick Farrell in the Inquirer,
Quantum computers aim to map reality . I love the fact that
they make James sound like Baldrick: "James Whitfield ... has a cunning plan".
- 01/02/2010: Charles Choi has an article in MSNBC, Quantum
computer simulates molecular reality.
- 28/01/2010: Gosh, on the day Apple announces their iPad, we made Wired! Charles Petit's article
Quantum Computer Simulates Hydrogen Molecule Just Right is up now in
- 27/01/2010: There's an article on our work in the Indian Business magazine domain-b.com,
Queensland University's quantum computers make light work of Harvard's
- 22/01/2010: A wonderful article in the US magazine Science News, by Charles Petit,
Quantum computer simulates hydrogen molecule
just right. The bit about calcite at the end is a bit of a long bow, but still!
- 21/01/2010: Goodness! There are articles on our Quantum Chemistry work in Chinese on cnBeta.com,
用量子计算机做大学习题, and in Israeli in the Hayadan,
מחשב קוונטי לחישוב האנרגיה של מימן. Although the team speak and
read seven languages between us, they don't (yet) include Mandarin or Hebrew, so we've no idea what the articles actually say!
- 20/01/2010: In the Oxford Science Blog, there's a fun interview by Pete Wilton of Jacob Biamonte,
Quantum simulators & super civilisations.
- 19/01/2010: Hamish Johnston has a great article in Physics World, Quantum computer takes
on quantum chemistry. The diagram is particularly nice!
- 17/01/2010: We've made the Mexican press, with an article at Milenio,
Una computadora cuántica ya hizo cálculos. Alán translated his favourite part of the
article for us:
The Australians! Wasn't that island an almost depopulated prison colony of England, when Mexico, still called New Spain, was proud of its Royal University, of
scientists and researchers informed in physics and chemistry of the state of the art of the XVIII-th century?
A big cheery g'day from all us convicts to our Mexican readers! (Seriously though, our teams were funded by both the Australian and US governments, and are made up of
folk from 8 nations across 4 continents: Australia, Brazil, Croatia, Iran, Italy, Mexico, the UK and the USA. Science is truly international.)
- 16/01/2010: The Palestine Telegraph has run Andy Extance's article in its
- 15/01/2010: Andy Extance has a great article at Chemistry World,
Quantum computer hits hydrogen bullseye. What a wonderful title! However Andrew wishes to
say that he didn't concede, so much as stress, that a system with 522 gates isn't currently possible...
- 14/01/2010: Science Daily cover our press release,
Quantum computer calculates exact energy of molecular hydrogen.
- 13/01/2010: There's a great article today at Ars Technica by Casey Johnston,
Two-qubit quantum system used to model the
hydrogen molecule, and a version of one of the press releases at chemie.de, Quantum computer calculates exact
energy of molecular hydrogen.
- 12/01/2010: Popsci have a nice article by Clay Dillow,
Quantum Computer Successfully Calculates Exact
Energy of Molecular Hydrogen.
- 12/01/2010: Here's an article with a different slant on our work, by Darren Pauli in Computerworld,
Aussie quantum experiment challenges
Einstein, computer science.
- 11/01/2010: There's a nice and thoughtful article today in New Scientist by Colin Barras,
Quantum computers do chemistry.
- 11/01/2010: Julie Barzilay has written a great article in The Harvard Crimson,
Scientists Employ Quantum Computer; there's a report based on the
Harvard press release in the Harvard Gazette, Quantum (not digital)
computing; and our work—wth a lovely photo of Alán— has made Harvard's main page. Nice one!
- 11/01/2010: Goodness: there are reports on our Quantum Chemistry experiment at Nanowerk,
Next Big Future,
- 11/01/2010: Well that was quick! Today's PhysOrg has an article on our recent quantum chemistry experiment:
Quantum Computer Measures Energy in Molecular Hydrogen.
- 11/01/2010: Our paper on Towards quantum chemistry on a quantum computer was published today
in Nature Chemistry as an Advanced Online Publication. Nice job everyone!
- 02/01/2010: The 10 Biggest Questions in Physics was broadcast today as part of
Quirks and Quarks holiday offerings. Andrew hasn't had a chance to listen yet, but is bravely putting up the link anyhow... Update. Oh, that was fun!
There was a pretty clear division between big questions about big things and big questions about small things...
- 01/01/2010: Happy New Year! Farewell to two-thousand-and-nine and welcome to twenty-ten.
- 19/12/2009: Stop reading this and go read Scott Aaronson's blog post, Hopefully my last D-Wave post ever.
Go on, you won't be sorry!
- 16/12/2009: Alessandro's paper on Discrete Tunable Color Entanglement—done at the
University of Vienna—was published today in Physical Review Letters. It's also been highlighted in a
Physics Update in Physics Today. Nice one Alessandro!
- 04/12/2009: The Australian Academy of Science have awarded Andrew the
2010 Pawsey Medal for outstanding research in physics. He's deeply humbled, and
very thankful to all his past and current colleagues for the chance to work with them on some really wonderful science!
- 02/12/2009: Andrew gave a Plenary today at the combined 2009 ACOLS and ACOFT
conferences. It was lots of fun—hopefully the fibre-optic folk weren't too bored!
- 30/11/2009: After nearly 4 years, Benjamin Lanyon is leaving us to join Rainer Blatt as a Postdoctoral Scientist in the Institut für Experimental
Physik at Universität Innsbruck. The very best of British to you Ben! We're a little unsure how we'll cope with all the extra office space and silence ... so
please come back soon! (And remember, we're holding your surfboard hostage).
- 30/10/2009: Perimeter Institute has signed an agreement with the Universities of Queensland and Sydney, and Griffith University,
to strengthen collaborative research in quantum foundations. Excellent, extra theorists to bother!
- 28/10/2009: Our paper on Anti-symmetrisation reveals hidden entanglement was published today
in the New Journal of Physics. It's also been selected for
inclusion in IOP Select— that's twice in one month! Nice work Alessandro, Marco, and
- 20/10/2009: Ben Lanyon, or as I should now say, Doctor Ben Lanyon was awarded his PhD today. Many congratulations
Ben, it is thoroughly well deserved!
- 17/10/2009: Tonight is the Canadian premiere of The Quantum Tamers,
a documentary sponsored by the Perimeter Institute that features a dozen or so quantum folk from around the world,
including our very own Gerard Milburn and Andrew—who are both waiting
to see the film with some trepidation! Update. It was both fun and good! Whew, now for some drinks...
- 17/10/2009: For the Institute of Quantum Computing's open day,
Andrew was part of a 6-person panel discussion on Quantum Information. A big thanks to
Joseph Emerson for great moderation, film-clip DJ'ing and audience interaction.
- 15/10/2009: As part of the Perimeter Institute's 10th anniversary celebrations,
Andrew was one of a 7-person panel discussing "Quantum to Cosmos", at the Mike Lazaridis Theatre in Waterloo. It was recorded
by TVO and webcast. A big thanks to Australia's own Wilson da Silva for MC'ing, although he could have spared Andrew the
"Crocodile Dundee" reference!
- 15/10/2009: Andrew was one of a 10-person panel discussing "The 10 Biggest Questions in Physics", at the Glenn
Gould Theatre in Toronto. It was recorded by CBC's Quirks and Quarks—which, along with ABC's Science Show are the two longest-running science shows
in at least the English-speaking world—and will be broadcast sometime in the New Year. A big thanks to
Jim Handman and Bob
McDonald who made the entire event a lot of fun!
- 01/10/2009: Our article on Complementarity in variable strength quantum nondemolition
measurements has been selected for inclusion in IOP Select! What does this mean? Well
firstly it's very nice because articles are chosen by the editors, and secondly, for the next 365 days the article is free
(as in beer), so go grab it now. Kudos to Marco and the team for writing such a good paper!
- 25/09/2009: There's a nice article today in New Scientist on work by Netanel Lindner and Terry Rudolph (another UQ Alumnus!),
Photon 'machine gun' could power quantum computers . A fun read, and not just because of the comments from Terry and Andrew. (Gosh, that didn' take long, it's been
- 14/09/2009: Our paper on Complementarity in variable strength quantum non-demolition
measurements was published today in the New Journal of Physics.
- 04/09/2009: There's a nice article today in New Scientist on some work by Jeremy O'Brien (a QT Lab Alumnus! We should get T-shirts made), and his team at
Bristol, where they have repeated our 2007 Shor's algorithm experiment, replacing the free-space circuitry with
integrated-optics. There's comments
from Jeremy—of course!—and also from Dan Browne and Andrew, who were authors on the two earlier Shor papers.
- 28/08/2009: There's a great article today in The Quantum Times on
Quantum information for chemistry and biology by Alán Aspuru-Guzik, which
is a lovely intro—and I'm not just saying that because it briefly mentions our work!
- 25/08/2009: Ross McKenzie has a blog entry on Andrew's
talk today at the CQIQC III in Toronto, entertainingly titled
James Bond meets Niels Bohr. Nice one Ross!
- 23/06/2009: Ben is in the news again! The Australian has an article today
Local scientists' quantum leap. (See comment below about this phrase...)
- 18/06/2009: Ben Lanyon is the subject of a nice article today by Machines Like Us,
"A quantum leap". (I've often wondered when people use this expression—do they
realise it can refer to the smallest possible leap?). Look for the cool photo and the even cooler description of banging things!
- 24/04/2009: Our collaborator Alán Aspuru-Guzik was
interviewed today in the Nature blog, The Sceptical Chymist and
discussed our recent work on quantum chemistry on a quantum computer. Cool!
- 24/04/2009: Sven Ramelow, returns today to the University of Vienna, after a valiant research visit.
It was lots of fun, Sven, and we hope you can come back soon!
- 27/02/2009: Our paper on Parametric downconversion and optical quantum gates: two's company, four's
a crowd was published today in the Journal of Modern Optics.
- 07/02/2009: Well that went all too quickly. After a great visit, Prof. Aephraim Steinberg
is returning to the University of Toronto—enjoy the spring weather Aephraim, and we'll have to get you back again soon!
- 02/02/2009: The dead-tree version of our paper on Quantum computing using shortcuts through higher
dimensions appeared today in Nature Physics.
- 07/01/2009: Our paper on Experimentally generating and tuning robust entanglement between
photonic qubits appeared today in the New Journal of Physics.
- 01/01/2009: Sven Ramelow, from the University of Vienna, has started a three month research visit.
- 07/12/2008: Our paper on Quantum computing using shortcuts through higher dimensions appeared online
today in Nature Physics.
- 06/12/2008: Oh this is lovely. Look at the article listed immediately before ours on
PhysOrg—can you believe we ranked more highly? Who knew we were more interesting than promiscuous Arts students?
- 05/12/2008: Today's PhysOrg has a nice article on our recent mixed-state quantum computing experiment:
Quantum computing: Entanglement may not be necessary. Love the opening line: "It is a truth universally
acknowledged that quantum computing must have entanglement."
- 01/12/2008: Matthew Broome has joined the QT Lab from the University of Warwick. Welcome Matthew!
- 13/11/2008: What a busy day! Our paper on
Experimental Quantum Computing without Entanglement appeared today in Physical Review Letters.
- 13/11/2008: Our workshop on Integrated Quantum Photonics begins today at Couran Cove. Should be fun!
- 09/11/2008: Prof. Aephraim Steinberg, from the University of Toronto, has started a
three month visit. Welcome Aephraim!
- 07/11/2008: Andrew has been made a Fellow of the Optical Society of
- 20/10/2008: Bojan Škerlak, from ETH Zurich, has started a five month research visit.
- 30/09/2008: Again, that just flew past! After another great visit, Dr Thomas Jennewein
is returning to the University of Vienna—come back soon Thomas!
- 01/09/2008: Alessandro Fedrizzi has joined the QT Lab from
the University of Vienna. Welcome Alessandro!
- 14/08/2008: Dr Thomas Jennewein from University of Vienna, begins the second of two three-
month visits with the QT Lab. Welcome back Thomas!
- 13/08/2008: Marcelo—together with his former group in Brazil— has a paper today in Physical Review A on
Experimental investigation of the dynamics of entanglement: Sudden death, complementarity, and
continuous monitoring of the environment. Nice one Marcelo!
- 30/07/2008: After a most enjoyable 6 months with us, Dr Michael Goggin is returning to Truman State
University—come back soon Mike!
- 29/06/2008: Quantum Information and Control in Queensland begins today in Palm Cove. Good
physics, good folk and hopefully good weather!
- 24/06/2008: There is a write-up of our shrimp paper in Optics and Photonics Focus,
Super-Vision for Mr. Shrimp.
- 20/06/2008: Andrew's profile is being featured on the front page of Nature Asia this week.
- 24/05/2008: There is a simply wonderful write-up of our shrimp paper by Andrew's favourite blogger, PZ Myers of Pharyngula fame,
The superior eyes of shrimp. (And yes, he was Andrew's
favourite blogger even before he wrote about our paper!)
- 23/05/2008: The New York Times reported on our shrimp paper! See
A different viewpoint in the Science Section.
- 20/05/2008: Jeepers creepers! Scientific American reports again on the shrimp paper,
Mantis Shrimp Has Built-In Shades.
- 19/05/2008: Well we're tickled pink that our shrimp paper has made been reported in the National Geographic, or at least
their website! See,
"Weird Beastie" Shrimp Have Super-Vision.
- 19/05/2008: Well that was fun! Andrew was just interviewed about the shrimp by
Red Symons for ABC Melbourne's morning radio show. Best, and most unexpected,
question: "What would you do if you had genital-fingers?..." :)
- 17/05/2008: Sonja's got a great interview with Bob McDonald on the Canadian radio show, Quirks and Quarks,
Mantis Shrimp's Super Sight, have a
- 15/05/2008: ...And now there's a Softpedia article on our shrimp vision paper,
Shrimp See All Types of Polarized Light. It's nicely
written, but gets the same quote wrong as the Physics World article ... hmm!
- 15/05/2008: Gosh, a lot of people are interested in shrimp. There's an article in today's Science Daily,
Weird Shrimp Has Astounding Vision, a lovely and comprehensive
article in today's Physics World and Optics.org
(although they do get one quote wrong!), Shrimp see a polarized world, and even a report in MSNBC,
Giant shrimp can see beyond the rainbow.
- 14/05/2008: There's an article on our shrimp paper in the Nature blog The Great Beyond,
Shrimp's super sight (also see the
Scintilla link); at The Press Association,
Shrimp with super-vision revealed; at
UnderwaterTimes.com, Scientists: Mantis Shrimps See Beyond The
Rainbow; 'A Completely New Concept Of Polarization Vision'; at Scientific Frontline,
Scientists find weird shrimp has astounding vision; and even at
The Today Show, Giant shrimp can see beyond the rainbow.
- 14/05/2008: Well that's nice! Our paper on optimal polarisation vision in shrimp is
the number one pick in the blog by the PLoS ONE online
manager, A blog around the clock.
- 14/05/2008: Our paper on
The Secret World of Shrimps: Polarisation Vision at Its Best appeared today in PLoS ONE. Weird little beasties they are!
- 20/05/2008: Jeepers creepers! Scientific American reports again on the shrimp paper,
Mantis Shrimp Has Built-In Shades.
- 13/05/2008: There's a nice article in the Discover magazine blog on our shrimp paper,
Freaky Shrimp Species Has Singular
Sight, and in Reuters,
Shrimp can see beyond the
rainbow, which has also been picked up by
- 24/04/2008: We seem to be tickling Dave Bacon's title bone, he once again
quite likes the title of one of our recent arxiv
papers, this time The secret world of shrimps: polarisation vision at its best. (He also thinks it's fascinating, which again is nice!)
- 23/04/2008: Today's Nature Photonics features our qutrit-qubit experiment in a very nice Research Highlight,
Higher-level control, doi:10.1038/nphoton.2008.39.
- 04/04/2008: Today's Physics Arxiv Blog has a nice discussion of our higher dimension quantum computing paper: Qutrit breakthrough brings quantum computers closer.
- 03/04/2008: Dave Bacon (aka the Quantum Pontiff) quite likes the title of our recent arxiv paper Quantum
computing using shortcuts through higher dimensions. (He also likes the paper as well, which is nice!)
- 26/02/2008: Today's PhysOrg has a nice article on our qubit-qutrit experiment:
Physicists Demonstrate Qubit-Qutrit Entanglement.
- 14/02/2008: Our paper on
Manipulating Biphotonic Qutrits appeared today in Physical Review Letters: who said scientists aren't romantic?
- 03/01/2008: Dr Michael Goggin from Truman State University, has started a
six-month sabbatical with the QT Lab, hot on the heels from one with Prof. Paul Kwiat at Illinois. Welcome Mike!
- 19/12/2007: Happy Eid ul-Adha! Our paper on Experimental
demonstration of Shor's algorithm with quantum entanglement appeared today in Physical Review Letters.
- 15/12/2007: Despite what you may
read, quantum computing will
not enable anyone to transmit information faster than the speed of light. You can find an overview of our experiment and its possible implications at
- 14/12/2007: ZDNet in Asia and
Australia have an article our on
Shor's experiment. Some corrections: it's more correct to say that the information needed to describe n entangled qubits grows exponentially, not the
number of states; and we are funded in part by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, IARPA, not by DARPA. It's easy to see how these things can get
- 14/12/2007: Cool! Our work our Shor's experiment made it into Neatorama!
- 11/12/2007: Today's PhysOrg has a nice article on our Shor's experiment: Physicists perform the
first ever quantum calculation.
- 8/12/2007: There's a nice article by Davide Castelvecchi on our Shor's experiment in today's
- 30/11/2007: An article has appeared in today's Innovations
Report on our forthcoming Physical Review Letter on an Experimental demonstration of Shor's algorithm with quantum entanglement.
- 17/10/2007: Happy International Dadaism month! Marco's paper on
Effects of frequency correlation in linear optical entangling gate operated
with independent photons appeared today in Physical Review A.
- 30/09/2007: Well that just flew! After a 3 month visit, Dr Dr Thomas Jennewein is returning to
the University of Vienna. See you next year Thomas!
- 26/9/2007: Great news! Our Discovery Project on "Biomolecular optoelectronic materials and
devices" has been funded by the Australian Research Council. Roll on cold black photon counters!
- 18/9/2007: Gosh, more coverage! There's an article about our paper on Shor's algorithm in today's
Sydney Morning Herald and
The Age. As we say below, our experiment is
interesting in that it demonstrates every stage of Shor's algorithm, particularly the entangling step. It is not scalable in itself, but there is a in-
principle path to scalability which we and our colleagues are investigating to see if and when that's going to be feasible. As Ben Lanyon says "it was incredibly
hard to do" ... so RSA Security don't need to worry just yet!
Despite the title of today's Ars
Technica article, we'd just like to make it clear that we have never burnt through any graduate students, although we have on occasion fed them too much
coffee. (Indeed, working in a dark lab we try not to let our researchers near bright light, get them wet, and most importantly, never feed them after
- 14/9/2007: The Register in the UK have a slightly breathless view of our Shor's
paper. Our work does not pose a threat to current, everyday, cryptography, since the time scale for such quantum computation is closer to decades than months,
and may not even be based on our research! It's just too early to tell for sure. You only need to worry about quantum computation today if you are prime-number
encrypting and publicly sending messages that you still want to be secret 20 years from now (i.e. you are paranoid or a government ... ahem.) On the other hand, this
is the first time our work has been directly compared to a James Bond film ...
- 13/9/2007: Well that didn't take long! Slashdot covers the New Scientist article
which covers our arXiv paper which is still with the referees...
- 13/9/2007: In today's New Scientist there is an article,
Quantum threat to our secret data, prompted in
part by our recent arXiv paper, Experimental demonstration of Shor's algorithm with quantum entanglement. It's probably
far too soon to talk about threats! What's interesting is that our experiment demonstrated every stage of Shor's algorithm. It is not scalable in itself, but
there is a in-principle path to scalability which we and our colleagues are investigating to see if and when that's going to be feasible.
- 12/9/2007: There's a nice write-up of our work in today's New Scientist blog,
How a quantum computer factorises numbers, which says
"Today, New Scientist reveals details of a device that may go down in history as the forerunner of the quantum computer." Gosh!
- 20/7/2007: After a successful (and amazingly quick) year, Devon Biggerstaff has finished his Fulbright and is starting a Masters with Kevin Resch at the
University of Waterloo. Good luck Devon, and come back soon!
- 30/06/2007: Dr Dr Thomas Jennewein from University of Vienna, begins the first of two three-
month visits with the QT Lab. Welcome Thomas!
- 15/6/2007: Happy Magna Carta Day! In PhysOrg today there's a nice interview with Kevin Resch,
Super resolution phase measurements – without entanglement.
- 31/5/2007: Happy Vesak! Our paper on Time-Reversal and Super-Resolving
Phase Measurements appeared today in Physical Review Letters.
- 16/5/2007: Happy Dunghri Mela! Our paper on Entanglement
Generation by Fock-State Filtration appeared today in Physical Review Letters.
- 4/5/2007: After 5 fabulous years, Doctor Nathan Langford (sounds great doesn't it Nathan!) is leaving
us to work as a Postdoctoral Scientist at the University of Vienna. Good luck Nathan, and thank you for all the fun!
- 13/3/2007: Wonderful news today - after competitive review, the Australian
Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computer Technology has been renewed until the end of 2010!
- 14/2/2007: Happy Valentine's Day! Devon Biggerstaff is one of 5 Fulbright scholars at UQ this
year - a record for an Australian university.
- 26/1/2007: Happy Australia Day! Our paper on Measuring two-qubit
gates appeared today in the Journal of the Optical Society of America B.
- 11/1/2007: Happy New Year! Our paper on a Source of triggered entangled
photon pairs? appeared today in Nature.
- 28/11/2006: Marcelo Pereira de Almeida has joined the QT Lab from the Federal University of Rio de
Janeiro. Welcome Marcelo!
- 7/11/2006: Marco Barbieri has joined the QT Lab from the University of Rome "La Sapienza". Welcome
- 11/10/2006: We've received an Australian Research Council
International Fellowship for Dr Thomas Jennewein to join us from the University of Vienna for 6 months.
- 3/10/2006: Cool! There's a nice article about Devon and his work in today's
Sydney Morning Herald and
- 2/10/2006: Susan Grantham has joined the QT Lab as our new Laboratory Administrator. This is great news
both for us, and any of our collaborators who suffered through our previous attempts at admin. Welcome Susan!
- 25/8/2006: After 1½ years, Kevin Resch is leaving us to start his own laboratory at the Institute for Quantum Computing and the University of
Waterloo. Congratulations Kevin, and have fun with all your new toys!
- 28/7/2006: Devon Biggerstaff has joined the QT Lab. Welcome Devon!
- 23/6/2006: We're advertising 3 more Postdoctoral Fellow positions. Please
contact us if you are interested!
- 11/5/2006: Andrew has been awarded one of twenty-five
Australian Research Council
Federation Fellowships. This is great news - it allows us to establish a research program in
Integrated Quantum Photonics, to make optical quantum information technology more robust and better performing.
- 30/3/2006: After 4½ years, Jeremy O'Brien is leaving us to start his own laboratory at the University of Bristol. Congratulations Jeremy, and have
fun setting up in the UK!
- 28/2/2006: Ben Lanyon has joined the QT Lab. Welcome Ben!
- 6/2/2006: After 4 years, Geoff Pryde is leaving us to start his own laboratory at Griffith University. Congratulations Geoff, now the fun begins anew!
- 20/1/2006: We received a generous International Science Linkage grant from the
Department of Education, Science, and Training for our project on Optical Quantum Computing.