Australian Defence is seeking applications from academics and emerging quantum industry whose quantum technology research can help Australia gain and retain an early quantum advantage.


Quantum Next Generation 2021 (QNG 2021) aims to orientate the next generation to Army’s needs and equip them with experience and networks to deliver the future sovereign quantum industry, whilst also scoping solutions to an important quantum technology challenge.

The Challenge

Enemy forces are using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with high-precision quantum magnetometers to image the locations of friendly forces via their magnetic signatures. The friendly forces are otherwise concealed.

Your challenge is to design and demonstrate a technology that conceals the friendly forces from the quantum magnetometers. Your demonstration can be via simulation or a combination of simulation and simple proof-of-principle experiments.

In devising your solution, you should specifically target one or more quantum magnetometer technologies. Examples include atomic vapour cells and diamond nitrogen-vacancy centres. You should clearly explain how your solution targets your chosen quantum magnetometer(s).

Important Dates

16 Aug 21 – Applications due
25 Aug 21 – Interviews to be conducted via video
4 Sep 21 – Successful teams announced
6 Dec 21 – Solution report due
9 Dec 21 – Pitch your solution at the QNG 2021 Pitchfest


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