Renowned quantum physicist joins Silicon Quantum Computing

02 Oct 2020
Michelle Simmons AO and John Martinis

Professor John Martinis, part of the Google team who first demonstrated ‘quantum supremacy’, joins the team of Professor Michelle Simmons AO at Silicon Quantum Computing.

Silicon Quantum Computing (SQC), the technology startup founded by Professor Michelle Simmons AO and UNSW Sydney in 2017, announced last week the appointment of internationally renowned quantum physicist Professor John Martinis to accelerate the development of a silicon-based quantum computer.

Previously at Google, Prof. Martinis and his team were the first to demonstrate that quantum computers can outperform classical computers, a theory known as ‘quantum supremacy’.

“I’m hugely excited to join the team at SQC,” said Prof. Martinis.

“Building a quantum computer is my lifelong ambition. If we can build one successfully at scale it will be a transformational achievement with tremendous impact for humankind. I chose to come to SQC because of the promise of the unique approach in fabrication at the atomic level. No one else in the world can do what these guys are capable of.”

Professor Martinis’ decision to join the SQC team at UNSW reinforces the University’s position at the forefront of quantum technology, said Professor Ian Jacobs, UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor.

“Professor Martinis’ decision to come and work in Australia for SQC further demonstrates the promise of the technical capability developed by Prof. Simmons and the SQC team,” said Prof. Jacobs.

“It’s a reminder of UNSW’s world-leading capability in quantum physics and atomic engineering.”

Over the past decade Prof. Simmons and her team have delivered a series of impressive technical milestones, including their recent demonstration of the fastest two qubit gate, as they work towards the creation of a 10-qubit prototype quantum integrated processor by 2023.

“Professor Martinis’ track record of success and intense focus on building a commercially useful quantum computer aligns with our goals at SQC,” said Prof. Simmons.

“We have developed atomically-precise fabrication techniques that are uniquely suited to building a quantum computer. SQC is focusing on scaling up its technology platform. This is exactly what John did at Google. We are delighted that he has chosen SQC and Australia for his next move,” she added.

For more information, visit the SQC website.