Spin doctoring in silicon nanostructures

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Silicon is a constituent element of Australia’s white sandy beaches, but also the critical ingredient in modern technologies like solar cells and computer chips. The miniaturisation of computer chip components that is necessary for improved processing power has almost reached a physical limit; they cannot get any smaller. New materials and new approaches to how computer are programmed provide potential alternative avenues of approach.

One promising approach led by Australia-based researchers is a silicon-based spin quantum computer. This type of computer uses the intrinsic spins of electrons and nuclei to process information. Backed by both the Australian Government and industry, this potential change of computational platform is an innovation that Australia hopes to lead and harness to more easily solve exceedingly complex problems in the future.

About Alexander Barbaro:
Alex is a DPhil candidate in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford. He investigates quantum readout of spin resonance in silicon nanostructures. Before Oxford, Alex served as a Flight Lieutenant electrical engineering officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. He led a diverse team that deployed tactical communication systems in support of government operations. Alex enjoys the outdoors, great coffee and spending time with friends. He is a member of the university triathlon team, and co-founded Oxford’s Engineers Without Borders chapter.

Alexander Barbaro, 2013 John Monash Scholar
DPhil Candidate, Department of Materials, University of Oxford

About The Change Agenda:
The inaugural John Monash Scholars’ Symposium, The Change Agenda: Leadership and Direction for Australia’s Future, was held in Oxford on 1 April 2016. The UK and Europe based John Monash Scholars used short bite size presentations to inform a conversation on global trends, and provoke discussion about appropriate responses to them. Each area of discussion, Drivers of Change, Our Human Response, Harnessing Technology, and Leading the Region,  included 5-6 presentations, was chaired by an eminent Australian and took questions from the floor.