A new generation of quantum technology will be the backbone of future technology.
Photo: Rohan Thomson / Supplied The technology will transform the way that computers and telecommunications are being developed, as it promises a more efficient way of processing information.
This is a key theme in this year’s National University of Ireland (NUI) conference on quantum technologies, which was held in Dublin this weekend.
It is understood that the new generation is being developed in partnership with the Australian Government and the University of Sydney.
The university is leading the research.
Professor Peter J. Byrne, the president of NUI, said that the key breakthrough would be the ability to create and manipulate quantum particles.
“We will be able to use this technology in ways we can’t currently do using traditional technology,” he said.
“And that is the key point.
The key difference between the two is that the quantum technology is very flexible.
It’s possible to combine the techniques we’re developing now, and the capabilities that we’ve already got, with a new and exciting set of capabilities that are being created with quantum technologies.”
He said that this would allow researchers to do “really interesting things”.
A new quantum technology could transform the ways that computers are being designed, as a result of the technology being developed with collaboration from the university and industry.
“It’s going to change how you think about computing, how you design a system, and how you develop a system,” Professor Byrne said.
NUI’s new quantum research has been funded by the Department of Energy.
Professor Byrne also highlighted the importance of the university in bringing about new technologies.
“This is a new field of research, and we want to be involved in the innovation of that new technology,” Professor Brian Whelan, a professor of quantum technologies at the university, said.
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is also in the business of developing new technologies, but its focus is on applications that can be applied to a range of industries, from medical imaging and quantum computing to medical diagnostics and robotics.
Professor Whelian said the research at NUI was also the brainchild of a group of university researchers.
“The focus is more on the applications that we can build for the industry,” he explained.
The group is now looking to commercialise the technology.
“Our research team has developed this idea, which we are very excited about,” he added.
The NUI research has received support from the European Research Council (ERC), the US Department of Defense (DoD), the Canadian National Research Council, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (DBISA) and the Australian government.
The quantum technology group is also working on a “quantum computing architecture”, which would enable the use of quantum computing for a wide range of applications.