Current Research IN THE QCL

See a profile of our work on the University’s research page

PhD projects are available - please contact Prof. Biercuk for details.



Control theory is a universal enabling discipline within the engineering community.  We are seeking to bring insights from control theory to the quantum domain, allowing us to efficiently exploit quantum coherent systems for applications in energy and computation.  Our aim is to produce a flexible quantum control toolkit that is adaptable to any future quantum technology, but with specific emphasis on quantum computing.  Specific projects relate to dynamical error suppression and the development of filter transfer functions for arbitrary quantum control. 


The simulation of quantum coherent many-body systems is a promising new route to solve major problems in materials science for energy distribution.  Through experiments using linear Paul traps and ion arrays in Penning traps we are seeking to engineer designer Hamiltonians for studies of problems including quantum magnetism.  This phenomenology is believed to give rise to exotic many-body effects such as High-Temperature superconductivity; unlocking the underlying physics provides a new path towards totally transforming the way we use and distribute electricity. 

The QCL Gratefully acknowledges funding from the following sources:

The Australian Research Council through the Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, CE110001013 and the Discovery Program.

The United States Army Research Office, Contract W911-NF-11-1-0068

The University of Sydney, School of Physics, and Faculty of Science Major Equipment Infrastructure Scheme

The United States Army Research Office and IARPA Contract W911-NF-10-1-0231

The Lockheed Martin Corporation


We are seeking to develop new sensing and metrology techniques leveraging trapped atomic ions for applications in energy-starved environments.  Our work includes the development of ion-based force and field detectors as well as applications of quantum control techniques to the development of precision frequency standards.