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Quantum Simulation and Large-Scale Entanglement


Developing techniques for the study of large-scale quantum simulators based on crystals of trapped atomic ions.


Professor Michael J. Biercuk.

Research location

School of Physics

Program type



Our work aims to study the dynamics of large-scale entangled systems and to produce useful, controllable quantum simulators. This work involves detailed theoretical studies and experiments using trapped atomic ions.

Ion crystals in a Penning trap provide a two-dimensional qubit array with regular structure. This system is ideal for the realization of large-scale entanglement and useful quantum simulators via state-selective spin-motional interaction. Our work aims to engineer designer Hamiltonians for studies of quantum simulation and the dynamics of large entangled states. The particular states we are aiming to create may prove useful for studies of quantum magnetism and spin liquids.

The Quantum Control Laboratory, housed in the Sydney Nanoscience Hub, is a world-class research facility.  Experience gained in this project will cover atomic physics, light-matter interaction, magnetic resonance, microwave systems, and quantum control.

Additional information

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

  • Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
  • Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
  • Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
  • Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
  • Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
  • Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
  • Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
  • Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
  • Hold a current scuba diving license;
  • Hold a current Working with Children Check;
  • Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.).
You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your applicaion.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 1434

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