The New South Wales government announced the funding of a new initiative aimed at acquiring university students with quantum computing.
The Sydney Quantum Academy (SQA) initiative will encourage students to collaborate and train students at the University of Sydney (USyd), the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Macquarie University and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). at four universities.
It is expected that the funds will also be used to connect students with industry through traineeship and research; supporting the development of companies for the launch of quantum technology; and promote Sydney as a quantum computer center.
State funding of NSW, together with the current support of the university and the future industry, sees the total investment in SQA at $ 35 million.
"Our new investment will provide a pipeline of highly qualified quantum engineers, software professionals and technicians who will build and program these incredible machines when technology becomes a reality," said Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro.
"We want SQA to secure the investments of key players in the global technology industry and to attract the best scientists from all over the world to NSW."
Barilaro believes that for each quantum computing role created, about five indirect jobs will be created.
"This is an exciting collaboration between some of our NSW best universities, which already have unique advantages when it comes to quantum science and engineering," added NSW's Minister of Innovation Matt Kean.
"Most of our international competitors are distinguished only in one form of quantum science, but here in Sydney our universities have an advantage in many fields, such as silicon quantum calculations, topological quantum computing, captured ions, quantum software, and nanodiamondi."
Physicists use code to reduce quantum error in logic doors
Also this week scientists from USyd announced the use of a specially designed code for detecting and eliminating errors in the logical door of quantum computers.
The quantum logic gate is made up of interconnected networks of a small number of quantum bits (qubits). These are switches that allow quantum computers to run algorithms that process information and perform calculations.
"This is the first time that the promised benefit for quantum logical doors from theory is realized in the actual quantum machine," said Dr. Robin Harper from the ARC Center of Excellence for Constructed Quantum Systems.
Harper, along with Professor Steven Flammio of the Physical School and the Nano Institute of the University of Sydney, used the IBM quantum computer to test error detection codes.
The university said it showed improvements in order of magnitude in reducing the error rate – in the doors of quantum logic.
Using the code to detect and eliminate errors on an IBM quantum device, Harper and Flammia showed that the error rate dropped from 5.8 percent to 0.60 percent. So instead of one of the 20 quantum doors, only one of 200 will be successful.
"This is an important step forward in the development of tolerance of errors in quantum systems to allow them to expand to important devices," added Harper.
"These experiments are the first confirmation that the theoretical ability to detect logic gate errors using quantum code is useful in today's devices, which is an important step towards the goal of building large quantum computers."
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