Professor Gerard J. Milburn
Director, Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems
Gerard Milburn obtained a PhD in theoretical Physics from the University of Waikato in 1982 for work on squeezed states of light and quantum nondemolition measurements. He is currently an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow at the University of Queensland and Director of the new Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Engineered Quantum Systems. Gerard Milburn is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and The American Physical Society.
He has worked in the fields of quantum optics, quantum measurement and stochastic processes, atom optics , quantum chaos, mesoscopic electronics, quantum information and quantum computation, and most recently in quantum nanomechanics and superconducting circuit QED. He has published over 200 papers in international journals, with over 10,000 citations, and h index of 53. He has published four books. Together with Dan Walls he published one of the first texts on Quantum Optics (Springer 1994), recently updated with a new edition (Springer, 2008), and two non technical books on quantum technology and quantum computing (Schroedinger's Machines, Allen and Unwin, 1996; The Feynman Processor, Allen and Unwin 1998). A new book "Quantum measurement and Control" with Howard Wiseman, was recently published by Cambridge University Press.
Nanomechanical systems are high frequency (hundreds of MHz to GHz) mechanical resonators constructed at the sub micron scale and cooled to near their quantum mechanical ground state. They have application to ultrasensitive sensors for single molecules and weak forces. They also provide access to...