We are a physics research group at the University of Sydney focused on the development of quantum control and metrology techniques. The Quantum Control Laboratory is housed within the Australian Government’s National Measurement Institute.

Our research uses the ultimate in nanoscale systems - small collections of trapped atomic ions - as model quantum systems.  A combination of experiment and practically focused theory is enabling studies of fundamental questions in quantum physics and the development of new quantum-enabled technologies. 

Our experimental tools 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 broader Quantum Physics Group.

Our collaborators include:

The Quantum Nanoscience Laboratory at the University of Sydney, led by Dr. David Reilly.

The Quantum Physics Theory Group at the University of Sydney led by A/Prof. Stephen Bartlett and A/Prof. Andrew Doherty

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems

The Physical Metrology Branch of the National Measurement Institute

The Ion Storage Group within the Time and Frequency Division at the US National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Lorenza Viola’s theory research group at Dartmouth College

The Yacoby Research Group at Harvard University


The University of Sydney, School of Physics,

Physics Building A28, NSW 2006 Australia

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Banner: Ytterbium ion discharge in a hollow cathode lamp.

Top: Resonant enhancement of 626 nm laser light in a custom-fabricated bowtie doubling cavity. 

Bottom: A laser-cooled crystal of trapped Ytterbium ions in an RF Paul Trap