People

Some of the best minds in the world have devoted their talents to the quest to build a super computer. This is the pioneering leadership team.


Professor Andrea Morello

With a background in condensed-matter physics and electrical engineering, Andrea Morello runs the Cryogenic Measurement Laboratories which aim for coherent control of spin qubits in silicon.

His group was the first in the world to achieve single-shot readout of an electron spin in silicon, and they have now have demonstrated the coherent control of both the electron and the nuclear spin of a single donor. These breakthroughs have been achieved by relentless pursuit of excellence in experimental techniques – integrating low temperatures, high frequency and nanofabrication – as well as theory and modeling. He collaborates with UNSW's Professor Andrew Dzurak for the fabrication of nanostructures, with Professor David Jamieson and Associate Professor Jeffery McCallum for single-ion implantation and materials characterisation, and with Professor Lloyd Hollenberg for device modelling. In 2011 Andrew was awarded, with Professor Dzurak, the Eureka Prize for Scientific Research. In 2013 he was also awarded the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.

Professor Sven Rogge

Sven Rogge, UNSW's Scientia Professor of Physics, manages the experimental Silicon Qubit Environment and Interface program which aims to understand the impact of the environment on the orbital and spin properties of qubits, including that of decoherence processes. His team carries out cryogenic charge detection, direct electrical transport, noise and pulsed high-frequency measurements, and UHV scanning tunnelling spectroscopy. The program aims to develop an optical interface to a Si qubit which will support simple long distance coupling schemes.

As a postdoctoral researcher at Delft University of Technology Netherlands, Sven's research focused on atomic-scale electronics with the two-fold aim of realising quantum electronics in silicon and establishing atomistic-device physics. He received a fellowship from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) from 2000 to 2005 before heading up the Atomic-Scale Electronics Group at the Kavli Institute for Nanoscience.

Sven joined UNSW in 2011 and was awarded a Professorial level ARC Future Fellowship. In 2014 he was awarded a Scientia Professorship at UNSW in recognition of his research performance.

Professor Michelle Simmons

Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow & Director of the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology. She has pioneered unique technologies internationally to build electronic devices in silicon at the atomic scale, including the world's smallest transistor, the narrowest conducting wires and the first transistor where a single atom controls its operation. This work opens up the prospect of developing a silicon-based quantum computer: a powerful new form of computing with the potential to transform information processing. In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Foresight Institute Feynman Experimental Prize for her work in "the new field of atomic-electronics, which she created".

Michelle has a double degree in physics and chemistry and was awarded a PhD in Physics from Durham University, UK in 1992. She then moved to the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, where she was a Research Fellow in quantum electronics. In 1999 she moved to Australia to take up a Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship where she established a large research group dedicated to the fabrication of atomic-scale devices in silicon and germanium using the atomic precision of a scanning tunnelling microscope.

Professor Simmons is one of a handful of researchers in Australia to have twice received a Federation Fellowship and now a Laureate Fellowship, the Australian Research Council's most prestigious award of this kind. She has won both the Pawsey Medal (2006) and Lyle Medal (2015) from the Australian Academy of Science for outstanding research in physics and was, upon her appointment, one of the youngest fellows of this Academy. She was named Scientist of the Year by the New South Wales Government in 2012 and in 2014 became one of only a few Australians inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is Editor-in-Chief of Nature Quantum Information and in 2015 was awarded the CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science.

Professor Andrew Dzurak

Andrew Dzurak is one of the world's leading experts in solid-state quantum computing. He is the Director of ANFF-NSW, the NSW node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, a network of university-based laboratories that provide researchers and industry with access to state-of-the-art nanofabrication facilities. Following a PhD in Cambridge, Andrew returned to Australia in 1994 to establish the nanofabrication facilities at UNSW. He also began an initiative to develop a solid-state quantum computer and, with Bob Clark and other colleagues, established the Centre for Quantum Computer Technology in January 2000. The centre now maintains the world's largest focused collaboration on silicon-based quantum computing. Andrew is the Centre's Work-Package Leader in this area, as well as Lead Investigator for a multi-institutional program grant in silicon quantum computing from the US Army Research Office.

Andrew is a regular invited speaker at international conferences on quantum computing and nanotechnology, and has served on numerous advisory bodies for the Australian Academy of Science, the Commonwealth departments of Education and Innovation, and the Cambridge Australia Trust.

Andrew, together with Andrea Morello, demonstrated the world's first silicon qubits based on single implanted phosphorus atoms in 2012, and more recently has developed a new qubit technology by reconfiguring the ubiquitous CMOS transistors that make up all of today's silicon processor chips. Since 2010 he has published 10 papers in the prestigious Science and Nature group journals, including four seminal papers in Nature that have demonstrated the world's first one- and two-qubit quantum logic calculations in silicon chip devices. In total he has published well over 100 scientific papers and is a co-inventor on 11 patent families. Andrew has been awarded the 2011 Australian Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, the 2012 New South Wales Science and Engineering Award for Engineering and Information and Communications Technologies, and his two-qubit silicon logic gate was selected by Physics World, UK as one of the world's Top Ten Scientific Breakthroughs for 2015.

Professor Lloyd Hollenberg

Professor Hollenberg is the Thomas Baker Chair and Professor of Physics at the University of Melbourne, and Deputy Director of CQC2T. He completed his PhD in theoretical particle physics at the University in 1989 and was subsequently awarded a JSPS Fellowship at the KEK accelerator laboratory in Tsukuba, Japan. After his postdoctoral period, he returned to the School of Physics to take up a research and teaching position. Lloyd's early work in mathematical physics and lattice gauge theory was a natural starting point for his interest in quantum computing.

In 2001, Lloyd created and led the Device Modelling and Algorithms Program and has been a major driving force for the silicon quantum computer vision. He has published over 190 papers in refereed journals, including prestigious journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Physics, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, PNAS and Physical Review Letters. He is an internationally-known proponent of quantum technology in the wider context, having also worked on quantum communication systems as the Technical Director of the Quantum Communications Victoria initiative (2005–2008), and has recently developing quantum sensing/imaging technology crossing over to the nano-bio realm.

Lloyd has served on the Australian Research Council's College of Experts and was Chair of the Physics, Chemistry and Geosciences panel in 2008. In 2012 Lloyd was awarded the Australian Institute of Physics Walter Boas Medal for Research Excellence, and in 2013 received the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation in the Physical Sciences and the Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research. From 2007–2011 he was an ARC Australian Professorial Fellow and in 2013 was awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship.

Professor David Jamieson

Professor Jamieson works in the School of Physics of the University of Melbourne. Following the completion of his PhD in 1985 David spent four years working at Caltech (USA) and the University of Oxford (UK) as a postdoctoral research fellow.

David's research expertise is in the field of ion beam physics, particularly in the use of focused ion beams for materials modification and analysis. He has published over 280 papers in this field including development of single-ion implantation techniques for the deterministic doping of semiconductor devices and for charge injection and transport studies. A key outcome to date, together with his CQC2T collaborators, has been the successful fabrication of nanoscale devices that have demonstrated the control and readout of single electron and nuclear spins. These devices are being used to test some of the key functions of a revolutionary device for quantum computation and communication constructed in silicon at CQC2T.

David served as the Head of the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne from 2008 to 2013 and as President of the Australian Institute of Physics from 2005 to 2006. He is a Fellow of the AIP and the Institute of Physics UK. From 2010 to 2012 David convened a national working group to develop the Decadal Plan for Physics in Australia which was submitted to the Academy of Science in December 2012. In 2013 he received an Outstanding Service to Physics Award from the AIP. David is also actively involved in scientific outreach activities, regularly giving public lectures on fundamental issues in physics.