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Monitoring qubits for the first time

A team of UNSW researchers has taken yet another important step towards realising a functional quantum computer by experimentally demonstrating a platform that will allow for quantum mistakes to be corrected.

Quantum computers have the potential to revolutionise the way scientists design new drugs, create complex simulations of weather patterns or take artificial intelligence to new heights.

They use a binary language of 1s and 0s as do traditional computers – in which strings of bits, which are related to transistors being on or off, are used to perform calculations that in turn perform the task that the computer was asked to do.

Instead of the transistor devices used to realise traditional bits, a quantum bit (qubit) in the UNSW design contains a single electron. Electrons have an intrinsic property called spin which can be either up or down, meaning the qubit binary information can be a 1 or a 0. What makes it exciting is a phenomenon called the superposition principle which, often explained using the famous analogy of ‘Schrodinger’s cat’, means that until it’s observed, the electron is spinning both up and down, so the qubit is both 1 and 0 simultaneously. This superposition principle, combined with another quantum phenomenon known as ‘entanglement’, means that a quantum computer can perform a range of useful calculations of unprecedented complexity at an astounding rate.

2018 Frater Award winners announced

Four ANFF staff members have been announced as the winners of the 2018 Frater Awards. These staff members will travel to 3 different countries and bring back new expertise in nanofabrication related areas that will benefit the ANFF user community.

ANFF CEO recognised in Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence 2018

We are proud to announce that ANFF CEO, Rosemary (Rosie) Julia Hicks, has been selected as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence 2018. The list features women working across a spectrum of industries demonstrating a strong sense of commitment to a cause.

The Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards presented by Qantas encompasses 10 categories, with the aim of identifying a diverse group of women championing change in business and society. The awards aim to uncover and promote Australian women who have dedicated their time and energy to help and encourage other women in their industry, and who are fighting for change every day.

This year’s list was chosen from a record 850 entries. To view the full list of the 2018 100 Women of Influence alumni, please click here.

The winners of each of the 10 categories and the overall winner will be announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on October 17. Tickets for the gala awards evening go on sale to the general public on Tuesday 11 September. If you have any queries, please contact afrwomenofinfluence@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

IEEE WIE International Leadership Summit Australia 26 - 27 November 2018

The IEEE WIE International Leadership Summits were launched as a part of IEEE WIE’s portfolio of global initiatives that focus on Inspiration, Leadership, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship mid to senior women in technology. Summit provide opportunities for networking, mentorship, and collaboration.

The Australian Summit is at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 26 - 27 November 2018... View more

Chief Operating Officer - Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF)

Based at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, Clayton.

The ANFF is seeking an outstanding Chief Operating Officer to lead implementation of the strategic direction of the organisation and meet performance standards.

• Interesting and varied role
• Opportunity to lead improvement projects
• Immediate start

The Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) was established in 2007 under the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). ANFF links CSIRO and 19 universities to provide researchers and industry with access to state-of-the-art micro and nano fabrication facilities. The investment now exceeds $300 million and employs 112 FTE staff, across the eight nodes of ANFF.

Each facility offers a specific area of expertise including advanced materials, nanoelectronics & photonics and bio nano applications. The ANFF commitment to providing a world-class user facility is underpinned by the sharing of best practice in service provision across the network. See www.anff.org.au
This senior leadership position will oversee the application of the ANFF Access and Pricing Policies at the local node level and requires regular and constructive interaction with the Facility Managers to ensure the seamless and complementary operation of the distributed sites.

The role represents a senior appointment responsible for all aspects of reporting to Government. Excellent written communication skills are required for the production of reports and promotional material. A high level of financial literacy is essential.

To be successful in this role, candidates must demonstrate a passion for excellence and be able to work autonomously with minimal supervision in providing support to the CEO.

ANFF staff retreat September 2018

The Staff retreat will be held at the iconic Union House Function Centre at the University of Adelaide and run for two days: 12 September to 13 September 2018.

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Thinking BIG with Nano

Working on nanotechnology and seeking to make a big impact with your ideas? This event is for you!

The Australian Nanotechnology Network and the Australian National Fabrication Facility in partnership with RMIT University present 'Thinking BIG with Nano'. This workshop tailored for early-career researchers and late-stage PhD candidates will showcase research translation in nanotechnology and provide facilitated training in taking ideas from concepts to a viable business.

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Microfabrication Technologist at ANFF-SA

ANFF-SA is looking for a Microfabrication Technologist to contribute to the consultancy and research activities of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) through the provision of highly specialised microfabrication services related to the fabrication of high-end microfluidic chips and specialty surfaces for internal and external clients. View more.

ANFF supported start-up wins award

Modular Photonics, an ANFF-supported Macquarie University spinout, has been named NSW winner of the Consumer Markets category at the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)’s 25th iAwards.

New capabilities available around ANFF

Olympus OLS5000 3D at ANFF-SA
ANFF South Australia's state-of-the-art Olympus OLS5000 3D measuring laser microscope has now been installed and is open for training.
The new microscope allows sub-micron 3D observations and non-contact surface roughness measurements with excellent lateral resolution to be taken quickly.

For more information contact Simon Doe on +61 (0) 88302 5226 or email simon.doe@unisa.edu.au.

Specialist microfluidic modelling and design

ANFF-SA Microfluidics scientist and simulation engineer, Dr Moein Kashani is offering his process system modelling, simulation, design and engineering expertise to ANFF users.

Moein’s own research concentrates on detailed understanding of the fluid behaviour and enhance the design capacity of microfluidic systems. His research experience includes computational fluid dynamics in microfluidic systems, understand dynamics of fluid in complicated geometries, phase morphology in multiphase fluid flows and simulation of microfluidic devices.

For more information contact Simon Doe on +61 (0) 88302 5226 or email simon.doe@unisa.edu.au.

New 3D printer at ANFF-Q

ANFF-Q has added a third 3D printer to help meet user demands.

The Titan 2, made by Kudo3D, uses a combination of SLA (Stereolithography) and DLP (Digital Light Processing) 3D printing technologies to selectively photocure liquid resin. Combining these technologies drastically reduces susceptible to ambient temperature, dusts and mechanical failure, making the Titan 2 a more reliable, robust and accurate 3D printer.

To arrange training on the Titan 2, or for more information, please contact Professional Officer Ravi Chandra Raju Nagiri.