Researcher

Scientia Professor Michelle Yvonne Simmons

My Expertise

Quantum computing, atomic electronics, scanning probe microscopy

Keywords

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Biography

Professor Simmons is Director of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow. She has pioneered unique technologies internationally to build electronic devices in silicon at the atomic scale, including the world's smallest transistor, the narrowest conducting wires, 3D atomic electronics and the first two qubit gate using atom-based qubits in silicon. As...view more

Professor Simmons is Director of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow. She has pioneered unique technologies internationally to build electronic devices in silicon at the atomic scale, including the world's smallest transistor, the narrowest conducting wires, 3D atomic electronics and the first two qubit gate using atom-based qubits in silicon. As founder of Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd, her team is at the forefront of developing a silicon-based quantum computer. Michelle is one of a handful of researchers in Australia to have twice received an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship and now a Laureate Fellowship. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, the American Academy of Arts and Science, the American Association of the Advancement of Science, the UK Institute of Physics, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and the Australian Academy of Science.

In 2018 Professor Simmons was named Australian of the Year, one of the nation’s pre-eminent awards.


My Qualifications

2011-      Director, Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology                      

2017-      Director, Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd.,

2014       Editor-in-Chief, Nature Partner Journal Quantum Information

2013       Laureate Fellowship, Australian Research Council

2009-      Scientia Professorship, University of New South Wales


My Awards

2018       Australian of the Year

2017       George R. Stibitz Computing Pioneer Award, The American Computer Museum

2017       Asia Pacific L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Laureate in the Physical Sciences

2016       US Foresight Institute Feynman Prize in Experimental Nanotechnology                                                

2015       CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science                            

2015       Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal, Australian Academy of Science

2013       Walter Burfitt Prize, Royal Society of New South Wales

2012       New South Wales Scientist of the Year Government

2005       Pawsey Medal, Australian Academy of Science


My Research Activities

The atomic electronics research led by Professor Michelle Y. Simmons has the ultimate goal of developing a scalable, phosphorus in silicon, quantum processor. Professor Simmons’s group leads the field internationally in making precision atomic electronic devices in silicon for both conventional and quantum computing. Using a combination of scanning tunneling microscopy and molecular beam epitaxy phosphorus dopant atoms are controllably placed in Si devices with atomic precision. This has led to the development of the narrowest conducting wires in silicon, the development of the smallest precision transistors, the first two qubit gate between atom qubits in silicon and more complex architectures towards error correction. This ambitious program is currently developing all the functional elements for an error corrected scalable spin-based quantum computer, including techniques for multiplexed parallel qubit addressability, 3D atomic precision patterning, fast gate-based read-out, and both error detection and correction.

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Location

Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology
Level 2, Newton Building
Gate 14, Barker Street
Kensington, Sydney NSW 2052
AUSTRALIA

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Contact

+61 2 9385 6313
+1 815 333 2155