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National Women in Science award recognises EQUS researcher

National Women in Science award recognises EQUS researcher

Image: Dr Jacqui Romero blackboard. Image credit: The ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems.

Dr Jacqui Romero from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems—an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) recipient—has won a prestigious L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science award to work on quantum alphabets.

More than 80 years ago, Erwin Schrödinger coined the term entanglement to describe strange correlations between quantum particles.

In her PhD, Dr Romero established an easier way of measuring entanglement between the shapes of individual photons, or particles of light.

The $25,000 L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship will support her research, which aims to create a unique quantum encoding system that uses the shapes of light as letters in a quantum alphabet.

“Normally, if you don’t know the letters of a word, you don’t know the word. In quantum mechanics, you know every letter, but still have no idea what word they make up,” said Dr Romero.

“This is hard to believe, so I plan to demonstrate it using the beam shapes of photons.”

Dr Romero is one of five researchers from Australia and New Zealand named as a 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellow. The program showcases outstanding women in science.

Media issued by The ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems.

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