Dr David Pulford

Department Quantum Science & Technology
Research group Solid state spectroscopy group
Office phone (02) 612 52398
Office Oliphant 4 26


David Pulford is a Senior Research Scientist in the Technology Futures and Forecasting Group within Strategic Capability Analysis Branch of DST’s Joint and Operations Analysis Division.  He began his career with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation as a Cadet Research Scientist, completing his PhD in 1994 in Applied Physics at the Australian National University. The title of his thesis was “Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering in a free piston shock tunnel”.  

Since 1994 David has worked for DST on a range of projects which have crossed a variety of fields including: optical sensing, optical communications technology, acoustics, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, quantum key distribution, quantum computing and quantum sensing.  David also worked at the Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the University of Maryland on a long-term attachment in the late 90’s.

In 2016 David was awarded a Chief Defence Scientist Fellowship to investigate development of compact atomic clocks and prospects for their synchronization using entanglement at the ANU.

In 2021 David was appointed as a senior research specialist focusing on development of quantum networks and their applications.


David works with the Science Mentors ACT program.  He has mentored students from year 9 to 12 on projects in quantum technology and radio astronomy.

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