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Quantum technologies based on cold atoms are among the most promising for precise sensing, communication, and navigation. One of the challenges is making these experimental systems portable for real-world applications and robust to noise and environmental fluctuations. Through this project, we will address this problem by developing 3D-printed experimental platforms with characteristics that are unachievable with traditional manufacturing approaches.

This program pioneers the development of 3D-metal-printed ultra-high-vacuum (UHV) cells customised for portable quantum sensing with cold atoms. By integrating metal additive manufacturing and cold atom research, we aim to create compact platforms for cold atom experiments that are highly customisable and able to realise novel geometries that are optimised for enhanced functionality. The development of 3D-printed vacuum chambers will also enable rapid prototyping, weight reduction, and reduced materials costs.

Leveraging expertise in materials science, quantum technology, and advanced manufacturing, we seek to redefine UHV chamber production, addressing the precision and reliability requirements for quantum sensing applications. This approach positions us at the forefront of quantum innovation, promising real-world impact across quantum technologies dependent on high and ultra-high vacuum environments.

Chief Investigators

Dr Sascha Hoinka, A/Prof Yvonne Durandet

Universities

Swinburne

Industry partners

Infleqtion Australia

Research area

States and Territories

Degree level

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