In this three-part series, we look at how quantum computers work, their applications, and the continued role Australian scientists and engineers play in the technology’s development.

Australia led the early charge in quantum research and has since established an ecosystem of quantum technology experts that is the envy of the world.

But now there are concerns that the government’s failure to adequately capitalise on that expertise is going to waste.

Simon Devitt is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney’s Centre for Quantum Software and Information.