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Professor in Physics, The University of Queensland

Prof Andrew White heads the Quantum Technology Laboratory at the University of Queensland, which he founded in 1999.

Currently he is Deputy-Director of the Australian Research Council Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems, and a Program Manager in the ARC Centre for Quantum Computing and Communication Technology.

Before returning to Australia, he was a Postdoctoral Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1997-1999), where his discoveries include that there can be more than enough snow to hide a cactus, but not nearly enough to prevent amusing your friends when you sit down.

Over the years he has conducted research on various topics including shrimp eyes, nuclear physics, optical vortices, and quantum computers.

He likes quantum weirdness for its own sake, but his current research aims to explore and exploit the full range of quantum behaviours—notably entanglement—with an eye to engineering new technologies and scientific applications.


  • –present
    Professor of Physics, University of Queensland
  • 1997–1999
    Postdoctoral Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory


  • 1998 
    Australian National University, PhD in the Field of Physical Sciences


  • 2012
    Observation of topologically protected bound states in a one dimensional photonic system, Nature Communications
  • 2012
    Conclusive quantum steering with superconducting transition edge sensors, Nature Communications
  • 2012
    Selected publications below: see for a full list of publications from 1991 to,
  • 2011
    Hardy's paradox and violation of a state-independent Bell inequality in time, Physical Review Letters
  • 2011
    Efficient measurement of quantum dynamics via compressive sensing, Physical Review Letters
  • 2011
    Violation of the Leggett-Garg inequality with weak measurements of photons, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Research Areas

  • Quantum Information, Computation And Communication (020603)
  • Quantum Optics (020604)
  • Quantum Physics Not Elsewhere Classified (020699)
  • Nonlinear Optics And Spectroscopy (020503)


Australian Academy of Science Pawsey Medal, Australian Research Council Federation Fellow, Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the Optical Society of America