Taking quantum leaps

ANU has a wide spectrum of quantum research ranging from fundamental studies to technological applications. We are partners in four quantum-related ARC Centres of Excellence (CoEs) and are one of Australia's most prolific producers of quantum research. We also excel in translating research into quantum-related startup companies.

Quantum research »

ANU is one of Australia's most prolific producers quantum research ranging on topics ranging from fundamental studies to technological applications.

We study fundamental science such as quantum field theory, many-body physics and metrology, through to quantum sensors and the creation of quantum computers and communication technology that will power tomorrow’s internet.

We are partners in four ARC Centres of Excellence and research quantum computing and communication (CQC2T), precision quantum sensing systems (EQUS), quantum noise reduction for gravitational wave astrophysics (OzGrav), and low-energy electronics based on quantum materials (FLEET). Our research is underpinned by Australia’s largest array of nanofabrication facilities, high precision mechanical and electronic workshops and cutting-edge computing facilities.

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Building quantum reality »

ANU is leading the genesis of an Australian quantum industry by translating its world-leading research into commercial, societal and national security outcomes for the benefit of all Australians.

Our labs have spawned the most quantum technology start-up companies of any university in Australia. Our start-ups straddle all domains of quantum technology: sensing, cryptography, computing and enabling classical technologies. We also have major projects with Defence in precision navigation, gravimetry and secure quantum communications.

Our facilities are available for others embarking on this path, and include advanced technical workshops for prototyping, and critical national infrastructure that we host: the Australian National Fabrication Facility, the National Computational Infrastructure, and the Australian Facility for Advanced Ion Implantation Research.

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Studying quantum physics

Rub shoulders with some of the world's best physicists. Undergraduate students can take advanced topics in quantum physics, and work with researchers on cutting-edge projects.

Master of Science programs include: Quantum Technology covers theoretical, practical and industry topics, including computing, communications, metrology, entrepreneurship and policy; Precision Instrumentation and Measurement covers instrumentation and engineering of quantum technologies, and Theoretical Physics covers leading theories such as quantum field theory and general relativity. Nuclear Physics, too, explores the quantum nature of nuclei, theoretically and with experiments on the ANU accelerator, one of Australia’s largest.

There is also a vibrant community of PhD students from all over the world, studying cutting-edge research projects throughout all our quantum research groups.

Available student research projects

This is a small selection of the quantum physics student research projects on offer.
Please browse our full list of available research projects to find a student research project that interests you.

Quantum news

Here are a selection of our recent quantum science related news items

Gravitational Waves Detected: Einstein Proven Right

Gravitational Waves Detected: Einstein Proven Right

Scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) including a team from the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering...

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