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Associate Professor Tom Stace

Dr Stace completed his PhD at the Cavendish Lab, University of Cambridge in the UK on quantum computing, followed by postdoctoral research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, also at Cambridge. During this time he was a fellow at Queens' College, known for its eclectic mix of medieval, tudor and victorian architecture. He has been a researcher at the University of Queensland since 2006, firstly on an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, then on an ARC Research Fellowship, and was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship in 2014.

His research has largely focused on applying methods from quantum optics to solid state devices for use in quantum information applications, and more recently on error correction protocols. He also works on high precision measurement in collaboration with experimental colleagues at UWA, in a project whose ultimate aim is to contribute to the international definition of Boltzmann's constant, and some biophysics.

Dr Stace also consults for UniQuest, UQ's commercial arm, on scientific and technical matters.

Featured in the Press:

Quantum computers challenge cybersecurity, ABC Science

World's best thermometer made from light, ABC Science

A science news preview of 2011 - Quantum Computing, BBC Science and Environment
Faulty quantum computer? She'll be right, ZDnet
Teeny-Tiny Quantum Computers Take A Step Closer To Reality, Forbes
Embracing Uncertainty: How to Make Quantum Computing Work, Wired
Scientists raise quantum error threshold, ITnews
Scientists fix major quantum computing problem, TechEYE
Quantum computers may be much easier to build than previously thought, PhysOrg
Quantum Computers Easier to Build: Can Tolerate Faulty or Missing Components, Researchers Say, Science Magazine Daily News
Together with his colleague Sean Barrett, Dr Stace discoverd that quantum computers can tolerate very high levels of different kinds of errors, including qubit loss, and computational faults, simultaneously. One can still build a fully functional quantum computer even if 25 percent of the constituent qubits are missing. Try driving your car with a quarter of its wheels missing! (paper)

The road to a better thermometer is full of potholes, Ars Technica
Given limited resources, it has long been known that time and space can be measured more accurately if you take advantage of quantum tricks. Dr Stace was surprised to discover that temperature, which quantifies noise and disorder and seems to make things "less quantum", can also be measured more accurately using the same kinds of tricks. (paper)

Quantum computers still work with half their bits missing, Cosmos Magazine
In this paper, Dr Stace showed that a quantum memory can still function even if half of its qubits are lost, and up to 10 percent of them suffer "computational" errors. Quantum systems aren't quite as sensitive as he first thought! (paper)

Located in Building 7 - Room 309
Phone: +61 (0)7 3365 1868
PhD (Cantab, 2004); B.Sc. (1 hons, UWA, 2000); B.Eng. (1 hons, UWA, 2000); Grad. Cert. Economics (UQ, 2009)
Research Interests Quantum computing and error correction; topological quantum systems; condensed matter

Available Projects

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Autonomous Robotic Flight.

There is growing interest in building and deploying small robotic aircraft for a variety of civilian applications.  This project will continue on from an engineering thesis project carried out during 2012 to build a robotic airplane...

Honours Project
Building the World’s best Thermometer in a Small Glass Tube.

Over the last 3 years we have been developing a theory to understand the ...

Honours Project
Quantum Error Correction.

When building a quantum computer, or other quantum processing device, it is important to be able recover from errors that may arise.  This is accomplished using error correcting codes, which redundantly encode quantum information in...

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Non-Markovian Quantum dynamics.


Many quantum systems interact with their environment, which destroys some of the peculiarities that quantum mechanics is known for, such as entanglement.   One of the common ways to...
Honours Project
Research projects in Engineered Quantum Systems

Taking advantage of the subtleties of quantum mechanics to do useful tasks is one of the keys to future technological advances.  In the Centre for Engineered Quantum systems, we are developing theory and experiment to identify promising systems to that end.  For instance, recent...

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