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Department of Quantum Science & Technology

Purple diamonds – stunning jewellery or revolutionary technology?

With the world record sale of a purple diamond for $29.3M, it seemed the right time to chat to our diamond expert, Professor Neil Manson, about what a diamond actually is, and how one determines if they are “pure” and “flawless”. Not...

Queen’s Birthday gong for Professor Neil Manson

Emeritus Professor Neil Manson has been made a member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday honours, for significant service to tertiary education, particularly physics. Director of the Research School of Physics, Professor Tim Senden,...

ANU at forefront of Australia’s quantum future

The Australian National University (ANU) will play a key role in shaping Australia’s next-generation technology, according to a new roadmap for the emerging quantum industry launched by the CSIRO today.  The roadmap recognises ANU as a leading...

RSPE physicist named ACT Scientist of the Year

The secure networks, artificial intelligence and new drugs of the future could all find their origins in a crystal, according to research by the 2018 ACT Scientist of the Year Dr Rose Ahlefeldt from The Australian National University (ANU). Dr Ahlefeldt’s...

Crystal-clear future for quantum computing

It’s been predicted that by 2040, we will not have the capability to power all of the world’s computers. This is why the effort to build a quantum computer—which overcomes the limitations of energy efficiency—has been called the “space...

Quantum internet a step closer with data storage breakthrough

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have found a new way to store quantum data long enough to share the information around a next-generation internet which promises to be impervious to hacking. The work, published in Nature Physics,...

Physicists design a device inspired by sonic screwdriver

Physicists have designed a handheld device inspired by the sonic screwdriver in Doctor Who and the tricorder in Star Trek that will use the power of MRI and mass spectrometry to perform a chemical analysis of objects. The sonic screwdriver...

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