The University of Queensland is currently working on developing quantum sensors in autonomous and unmanned vehicles – which could have a revolutionary impact on communications and navigation.
The research which is part of Australia’s AUD 6.6 million initiative to utilise quantum technologies in defence applications – calls for UQ researchers working hand-in-hand with NASA and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) on the next generation sensors.
The university has been presented with funding of AUD 1.7 million to work on two projects to develop quantum gyroscopes, sonars, accelerometers and magnetometers.
Professor Rubinsztein-Dunlop and Professor Bowen work for UQ’s Precision Sensing Initiative and the Australian Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS).
Professor Warwick Bowen opines that the research could place Australia as a world leader in precise sensors for vehicles that are autonomous and unmanned. “This is an exciting new direction, applying quantum physics to major challenges in modern technology. Quantum sensors allow greatly improved performance and could transform navigation and positioning capabilities for unmanned vehicles. These sensors will be so precise that the laws of quantum physics are required to understand how they function,” Professor Bowen said.
Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop explained that working with the Australian Defence Force, NASA and other partners was crucial for the research’s success. “UQ is the perfect place for research in quantum technology, and we’re excited about the world-changing technology that this collaboration will create.”