(OpenGovAsia) The University of Queensland is developing quantum sensors that could revolutionise navigation and communications in unmanned and autonomous vehicles. The research is part of the newly created Australia-wide Quantum Technologies Research Network, set up under the Next Generation Technologies Fund. The University has been awarded two projects that focus on developing quantum accelerometers, gyroscopes, sonar and magnetometers, with a total funding of A$ 1.7 million.
The sensors will be built from both nano-engineered mechanical devices fabricated on a silicon chip, and atomic gases cooled until they behave as matter waves. Taking sophisticated new sensors out of the lab and into practical applications is challenging, but working with the ADF, NASA and other industry partners will make this possible.