Sharing secrets using quantum physics

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor – Dr Jacquiline Romerom.romero@uq.edu.au

Information security is a major challenge of our modern times.  This project aims to develop experimental tools for increasing security in future information networks using quantum physics. We will leverage on the properties of photons–spatial and temporal degrees of freedom–which can be used as carriers of high-dimensional quantum information. Our project aims to deliver proof-of-principle demonstrations of quantum secret sharing and an analysis of various noise and loss regimes to help with real-world deployment.

By the end of the PhD, you are expected to have developed a range of technical skills like optical design, programming, device modelling and fabrication. You will be conversant in quantum communication and computation, positioned to take advantage of the growing quantum technologies  industry globally.  You will also learn important transferable skills like how to communicate your research and how to collaborate with a diverse group. There will be opportunities to travel to international and local conferences and present your work.  You will interact with other experimentalists and theorists working in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) and the School of Mathematics and Physics.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of optics, quantum optics, and quantum information would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of physics, optics, or engineering and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of modeling optical and on-chip systems using Matlab/Mathematica/Python/C++/Lumerical is highly desirable.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2021. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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