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Quantum Technology

Quantum technology presents both strategic risk and opportunity for Army in an accelerated warfare environment. Its true capabilities, limitations and most disruptive applications are still being discovered.

Army’s Quantum Technology Roadmap outlines how we will gain and retain an early advantage through identifying the high value applications of the technology in the land domain.

Emerging quantum technologies exploit the fundamental laws of nature and have unprecedented capabilities for Army in sensing and imaging, communications and cryptography, and computing and simulation.

Army is challenging Australian academia and industry to push the bounds of what we currently understand and leverage the significant investment in a world-class research and industry capability.

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Quantum Technology: An introduction

The trouble with quantum technology is that it seems impenetrable, improbable and impractical. In this post, I accordingly aim to demystify quantum technology for defence personnel by answering the key introductory questions: What are quantum technologies? How do they work? What do they do and why are they advantageous?

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Quantum Technology: The Defence Imperative

Quantum technologies are a suite of many heterogeneous technologies that have varying degrees of current readiness and future development timelines. Their applications are rapidly evolving and expanding, with many yet to be discovered. These applications span a broad range of sectors including science, industry, government and defence.

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Quantum Technology: Sensing and imaging

Quantum sensors measure time, dynamics (i.e. forces, acceleration and rotation), and fields (i.e. gravitational, electromagnetic and mechanical) with unprecedented precision and stability. Imaging is an extension of quantum sensing where quantum sensors are combined with an imaging apparatus (e.g. a probe that scans the position of the sensor, an array of sensors or a beam of electromagnetic waves prepared in a quantum state) to perform high-resolution microscopy or macroscopy (e.g. radar) with unprecedented sensitivity.

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Last updated: 17 April 2023 - 6:11am