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Professor Jason Twamley is a leading researcher in the theoretical physics of quantum science and technology with a particular emphasis on hybrid quantum systems – systems where one marries together different types of quantum systems to achieve an overall functionality which no one subsystem possesses. Professor Twamley originally trained as a lecturer in Ireland and there pioneered many European Union projects focusing on fullerene and diamond based quantum technologies and won a number of EU STREPS and Integrated Projects.

Since 2005, Professor Twamley has worked at Macquarie University as the Professor of Quantum Information Science and has developed expertise in superconducting, diamond, nanomechanical, magnetic and atomic quantum technologies. His particular focus is on developing quantum sensors where quantum effects can provide society with more precise and functional sensors for use in a variety of settings, examples being magnetometers and inertial sensors. Together with Associate Professor Gavin Brennen he conceived of a new field of quantum technology: quantum magneto-mechanics where one uses magnetic fields for levitating and trapping quantum objects. 

Professor Twamley has strong research collaborations with Germany and the diamond research groups of Prof Jelezko and Wrachtrup, and in China with the groups of Profs Peng Xue and Mang Feng.

Education/Academic qualification

Theoretical Physics, BA(mod), Trinity College Dublin

Quantum Cosmology, PhD, University of Alberta

External positions

Member of the ARC Excellence in Research Australia, Expert Panel for Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences, Australian Research Council

19 Mar 201831 Mar 2019

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Research Outputs

Shaking photons from the vacuum: acceleration radiation from vibrating atoms

Dolan, B. P., Hunter-McCabe, A. & Twamley, J., Mar 2020, In : New Journal of Physics. 22, 3, 7 p., 033026.

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Diamond photonics platform based on silicon vacancy centers in a single-crystal diamond membrane and a fiber cavity

Häußler, S., Benedikter, J., Bray, K., Regan, B., Dietrich, A., Twamley, J., Aharonovich, I., Hunger, D. & Kubanek, A., 25 Apr 2019, In : Physical Review B. 99, 16, p. 1-8 8 p., 165310.

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  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)

    Magneto-mechanical trapping of micro-diamonds at low pressures

    O'Brien, M. C., Dunn, S., Downes, J. E. & Twamley, J., 4 Feb 2019, In : Applied Physics Letters. 114, 5, p. 1-5 5 p., 053103.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 9 Citations (Scopus)

    Cavity-free scheme for conditional π phase shift between two traveling single photons

    Xia, K., Johnsson, M., Knight, P. L. & Twamley, J., 2018, CLEOPR 2018: Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Pacific Rim. Washington, D. C.: OSA - The Optical Society, p. 1-2 2 p. Tu2G.3

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  • Controlled quantum search

    de Lacy, K., Noakes, L., Twamley, J. & Wang, J. B., 1 Oct 2018, In : Quantum Information Processing. 17, 10, p. 1-12 12 p., 266.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)