The lens is 100 times thinner than a human hair and could enable the fast transfer of quantum information to a network, a statement from ANU said.
However, this was dependent on the other technologies being developed.
The lens is made of a silicon film with millions of nano-structures forming a metasurface. This can control light with functionalities outperforming traditional systems.
An artist's impression of the meta surface camera lens that can image several quantum particles of light at once.
“It is the first of its kind to image several quantum particles of light at once, enabling the observation of their spooky behaviour with ultra-sensitive cameras,” he said.
Sukhorukov led the research with a team at the Nonlinear Physics Centre of the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering.
Kai Wang, a PhD scholar at the Nonlinear Physics Centre who worked on all aspects of the project, said one challenge was making portable quantum technologies.
“Our device offers a compact, integrated and stable solution for manipulating quantum light. It is fabricated with a similar kind of manufacturing technique used by Intel and NVIDIA for computer chips.” he said.
Staff and post-graduate scholars developed and tested the metasurface camera lens along with researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US and the National Central University in Taiwan.
The research has been published in Science.
Photo: Kai Wang