It’s not always about us

(But somehow it’s all about The Netherlands this month…)
Glen Harris and Warwick Bowen give some insight in the demonstration of optomechanical quantum teleportation by Niccolò Fiaschi and colleagues in the Gröblacher group at TU Delft. What’s special is that mechanaical states are teleported onto a long-lived (!) quantum memory. Read on in Nature Photonics News & Views:

Meanwhile, our Soroush Khademi writes in PhysicsWorld on the progress in photonic quantum computing: the company QuiX Quantum and Pinkse group at the University of Twente have built the largest photonic quantum processor to date. Find Soroush’s reporting in PhysicsWorld, here:

The quantum pod is out!

In a new podcast series, Australia’s brightest quantum physicists are interviewed about science, tech, and themselves. And two of the hosts happen to be our own Liz Bridge and Yasmine Sfendla! In the first episode, they introduce themselves and chat away about their paths through physics. Cryogenic anecdotes galore.

Magetometers for space

From QOL’s longstanding collaboration with NASA, a review on the use and development of magnetometers for aerospace.

Get the views of James Bennet, Hamish Greenall, Elizabeth Bridge, Fernando Gotardo, Stefan Forstner, Glen Harris, Warwick Bowen & our
NASA Glenn RC collaborators in the Sensors special issue “Recent Advances in Magnetic Sensors“:

A quantum-entanglement microscope to untangle the fabric of life

We are incredibly excited this week about the work of Catxere Casacio, Lars Madsen, Alex Terrasson, Muhammad Waleed, Michael Taylor, Warwick Bowen and collaborators in developing a miscrocope that uses quantum entanglement to overcome the photodamage threshold which inhibited convenional bio-miscroscopes from resolving the smallest details of biological samples. Read all about their discovery in Nature, The Guardian, Physicsworld & The Conversation:

The 2021 Heron Island retreat!

After a challenging year, our lab took a break from our attempts to master nature… and submitted to it instead. We had a beautiful time snorkelling the reef, walking beaches, and getting blown away by the ever-incredible Australian nature and island winter-breeze. A big thanks too, to Alex Terrasson who organized this fantastic trip for us.

Tunneling sound

In their latest publication, Nicolas Mauranyapin, Erick Romero, Rachpon Kalra, Glen Harris, Christopher Baker, and Warwick Bowen‘s present their experimental demonstration of phonon tunneling on a silicon slab. Tunnel through to Phys. Rev. Applied and get the deets!

Animation of an acoustic wave launched in an acoustic waveguide formed by a high tensile stress silicon nitride membrane on a silicon chip. The acoustic wave is generated electrostatically through the force between an electrode patterned on the chip (gold) and an electrode hovering above the chip (silver sphere). Motion of the membrane can be read out interferometrically with high precision (red laser). Animation credit: N. Mauranyapin. More at Phononics Research.

Ultrafast viscosity measurement

In our latest article, Lars Madsen, Catxere CasacioAlex Terrasson, Warwick Bowen and collaborators measure the viscosity of a fluid within twenty microseconds and extreme precision—up to the point where the remnant uncertainty stems from its thermal molecular collisions. Read on in Nature Photonics!

A bead trapped in optical tweezers performs thermally driven motion.
From: Madsen, Lars S. et al. Ultrafast viscosity measurement with ballistic optical tweezers. Nat. Photonics (2021)