Australian researchers tackle diamond quantum computing

Researchers from La Trobe and RMIT University have partnered with Australian – German quantum technology hardware company Quantum Brilliance to pioneer new diamond fabrication techniques.

The partnership will be aimed at engineering diamond computer chips to sit at the heart of diamond-based quantum computers.

La Trobe Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate & Global Research) Professor Chris Pakes said diamond-based quantum computing is already gaining traction in areas including science, health and agriculture.

“Unlike other quantum-based supercomputers sitting in large server-based formats, diamond-based quantum computers are low-cost, portable technologies capable of operating at room temperature,” he said.

“This enables them to be used in a wide range of edge applications, which may not be possible with supercomputers, such as satellites, health environments and manufacturing.”

He said the three organizations plan to use their partnership to develop innovative new approaches to advanced manufacturing in the emerging technology area.

The organizations are already collaborating through the Research Hub for Diamond Quantum Materials on several multimillion-dollar research projects, which are being partly funded by the Australian Research Council.

The research hub will be focused on developing synthetic diamond accelerators as well as creating a network of experts in diamond material science across Australia and Germany.

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