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Frontier research in quantum science and nanophotonics
The Sydney Nanoscience Hub houses four research labs: the CUDOS Laboratory, the Quantum Nanoscience Laboratory, the Quantum Control Laboratory, and the Integrated Microwave Photonic Laboratory.

Centre for Ultrahigh-Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS)

Five laboratories form part of the CUDOS group, which conducts research in optical physics, optoelectronics and nanophotonics. The group leader Ben Eggleton’s research builds on his group’s achievements demonstrating that an integrated photonic-based signal processing platform - a photonic chip - can switch data at speeds beyond terabits a second.

Professor Eggleton, an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Physics is the incoming Director of Sydney Nano, Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) at the University of Sydney and was Director of the ARC Centre for Ultrahigh-Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), which finished its work in 2017. 


Quantum Nanoscience Laboratory

The Quantum Nanoscience Laboratory at the University of Sydney offers extensive measurement capability combining ultra-low temperatures (dilution fridges with based temperatures below 10 millikelvin) with a suite of radio and microwave frequency electronics and test equipment. Our research is exploring many of the engineering challenges for reading out and controlling qubits in scaled-up architectures.

In addition, the research group are developing specialised instrumentation and tools needed to undertake the next generation of quantum experiments, such as high-speed cryogenic electronics. The facilities at Sydney include purpose-built laboratories and cleanrooms for nanofabrication and quantum science. These facilities enable a range of nanoscale quantum systems to be investigated at low temperature, high magnetic field and on short timescales - where exotic quantum phenomena become apparent. 

Group leader Professor David Reilly holds a joint position with Microsoft Corporation and the University of Sydney, where he is the Principal Researcher and Director of Microsoft Station Q, Sydney, a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence, Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS), and a Professor in the School of Physics.


Quantum Control Laboratory

The Quantum Control Laboratory Research Group is focused on the development of quantum control and metrology techniques. The research uses small collections of trapped atomic ions as model quantum coherent systems. Experimental tools used include laser-cooled beryllium ions in a Penning trap, ytterbium ions in a Paul trap, ultra-high-phase-stability microwave oscillators, specialty UV lasers and a toolkit of novel control protocols. The Quantum Control Laboratory is part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems.

The head of the Quantum Control Laboratory Research Group and Director of the laboratory, Professor Michael Biercuk, is an experimental physicist working to engineer a new generation of advanced quantum technologies. Professor Biercuk is the founder and CEO of Q-Ctrl, a quantum technology start-up based at the Sydney Nanoscience Hub.

Integrated Microwave Photonic Laboratory (IMPL)

IMPL’s research into nanophotonics and integrated microwave photonics promises to lead to breakthroughs that will meet our ever-increasing demand for information and communication systems that can process high-frequency and wideband signals at lightning speed. Microwave photonics is a multidisciplinary field that brings together the worlds of microwave engineering and optoelectronics, for applications in areas such as communications, radars, sensors and instrumentation.

The research group has significant collaboration with the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), the Department of Defence and industry, with its achievements benefiting industry and society in the areas of information processing, defence, security and health.

Professor Xiaoke Yi from the School of Electrical and Information Engineering is the academic in charge of the IMPL.Their experts include Professor Robert Minasian, Adjunct Associate Professor Linh Nguyen, and Dr Liwei Li, also from the School of Electrical and Information Engineering.