You are here: Home

Welcome to the Centre for Quantum Technology

The Centre for Quantum Technology is a Research Group headed by Prof. Francesco Petruccione and is hosted within the School of Physics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. It is located on the third floor of H-block on the Westville Campus, Durban, South Africa.

For an overview of our group visit our youtube video
our Facebook group

The blog for our Quantum Optics experiments can be found here.


A recent photo of the Group at the Quantum Adventure Day at Seula Zimbili:


and a formal one


Group Picture

Quantum Simulations and Quantum Walks Conference (2014)

24 to 28 November 2014, Pumula Beach Hotel (South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal).


Quantum Information Processing, Communication and Control 2 (2013)

25-29 November 2013, Pumula Beach Hotel (South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal).


Quantum Africa 2 Conference

Monday 3 - Friday 7 September 2012, Mont-aux-Sources

Hotel, Northern Drakensberg, South Africa.


For more information follow this link.

NITheP Workshop - Dissipative quantum computing and state engineering

Tuesday, 25 September - Friday, 28 September 2012.

For more information follow this link.

NITheP Workshop - Quantum Information using NC centres in diamond

3 - 7 December 2012.

For more information follow this link.

23rd Chris Engelbrecht Summer School 2012 on Quantum Biology

Wednesday 18 - Saturday 28 January 2012, Salt Rock Hotel, KZN.

For more information follow this link, program can downloaded from here.

Quantum Information Processing, Communication, QIPCC

and Control Days 2011

Thursday 8 - Friday 9 December 2011, Mont aux Sources Hotel (Northern Drakensberg) .

For more information follow this link.


NITheP Workshop - Quantum Biology

Monday, 7 November - Friday, 11 November 2011.

For more information follow this link.

NITheP workshop - Relativistic Quantum Information

Monday, March 7, 2011 -- Friday, March 11, 2011. For more information follow this link.


CQT launches the quantumStadium Projectlaunch of QStadium

Building on the quantumCity initiative, the eThekwini Municipality and the CQT have moved to secure the network linking the Moses Mabhida Stadium and the Joint Operation Centre in the City of Durban during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. For more information visit this page.


Quantum Africa 2010: Recent Progress in the Theoretical & Experimental Foundations of Quantum Technology

Quantum Africa 2010 Conference

The motivation for this conference is to provide a knowledge base for research in quantum technology in South Africa, with emphasis on quantum cryptography. Interested colleagues, in particular from Southern Africa, are encouraged to participate. On the basis of the list of invited and confirmed international speakers, this conference can be of great interest to colleagues from around the world.

Click here for more information.


Minister N Pandor visits CQTDST Minister Pandor

The CQT was privileged to host the Minister of Science and Technology on 19 April 2010. The Minister was given a tour of the facilities and engaged with many students. She was particularly impressed with the enhancement of women in science at the CQT. To view a complete overview of her visit, please visit the event page.



KZN Premier, Dr Z Mkhize, visits CQTZweli Mkhize

The CQT hosted the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal on 20 April 2010. The Premier visited the CQT to view the progress made in Quantum Information and Processing and Communication. To view a complete overview of his visit, please visit the events page.



NITheP Workshop: Quantum Field Theory on Curved Spacetime

This workshop intends to investigate Quantum Field Theory on Curved Spacetime from the Algebraic Approach to Local Covariance. The workshop will run from August 23 — August 27, 2010.

For a list of invited speakers and further information click here.


It has never been so cold in Africa

We have trapped and cooled rubidium atoms to a few millionths of a degree from absolute zero, that is, -273 degrees Celsius. This is much cooler than any naturally occurring temperatures on Earth, cooler than interstellar space, and cooler than what is possible with any conventional cooling techniques. For more information click here. (Article in UKZNOnline)


Physics Society of the University of Zululand visits the Centre for Quantum Technology

unizuluThe Physics Society of the University of Zululand visits the Quantum Research Group on Wednesday, 2 September 2009. The workshop on Quantum Information Processing and Communication starts at 10h15. At 13h30 we will visit the labs. You find the detailed programme of the event and  more photos here.


SAIP 2009 Winter School on Quantum Information Processing and Communication

The Winter School on Quantum Information Processing and Communication will take place on Monday 6 July 2009. For more information click here.


The QuantumCity Project

The flagship project of the Group is the Quantum City Project. This is a joint project between CQT and eThekwini Municipality. To find out more about this World's first innitiative, visit the QuantumCity home page.


SmartCity Conference

The Quantum Research Group will be exhibiting the QuantumCity concept at the SmartCity Conference to be held at the Albert Luthuli ICC on 1-2 October 2008.

You are welcome to vist us there to learn about the latest developments in the QuantumCity Project.




The Group exhibited their research in Quantum Technologies at the INSITE08 expo, the International Science Innovation and Technology Exhibition at the Sandton Convention Centre from 15 to 17 September 2008.



Journal Club

TThe first Journal Clucb meeting for 2009 will be on Thursday, 5th February. Please see the upcoming events for latest proposed talks and times. Relevant papers and information can be downloaded from the link within the event announcement or here.


Feynman Club

Please click here for more information.



The group has several positions available. See the Links/Vacancies page for more information.

The Report 2004 - 2012

You find our latest report (work in progress) here.

« April 2014 »