Implantation springboard for quantum spin-off company funding

Success for HIA Partner Quantum Brilliance, a user of our precision implantation facility

ANU spin-out company Quantum Brilliance has raised more than $13.7 million to support its quest to deliver the world’s first room temperature quantum computer.

Quantum Brilliance’s quantum processors use synthetic diamonds that are implanted with nitrogen in the Australian Facility for Advanced ion-implantation Research node of NCRIS Heavy Ion Accelerators (HIA).

The seed funding for the Australian-German company was raised in partnership with QX Branch founders and Main Sequence investment consortium to develop the company’s quantum accelerators. The accelerators are powered by synthetic diamonds with qubits formed from tiny defects – a combination of a nitrogen atom and a vacancy (NV) in the diamond’s crystal lattice.

The precision facilities of the Australian Facility for Advanced ion-implantation Research (AFAiiR) node of HIA are vital for the controlled creation of the NV centres, said physicist and Chief Scientific Officer of Quantum Brilliance, Dr Marcus Doherty.

“By delivering flexible, fast and precise services, AFAiiR has enabled our rapid prototyping of diamond quantum computing devices.

“HIA are crucial national research infrastructure for the burgeoning Australian quantum technology industry,” Dr Doherty said.

Quantum Brilliance is set to expand its operations and staffing footprint in Australian and Germany, hiring more than 100 engineers and physicists across the two countries.

“HIA is delighted to see Quantum Brilliance going from strength to strength and looks forward to supporting their innovations,” said HIA Director Professor Mahananda Dasgupta.