Congratulations to Dr Ben Sparkes who was awarded Fulbright FutureScholarship. Dr Sparkes will spend 3 months working with Prof Alex Gaeta at Columbia University in the City of New York on a project titled “Changing Colours in Optical Fibres: The Key to Long-Distance Quantum-Secured Communications”.
Dr Ben Sparkes is an ARC DECRA fellow working within the Precision Measurement Group at IPAS. His research has focused on developing a quantum memory device to maximise the distance of quantum cryptography, which will boost the security of communications for government,business and the broader community. He is also the co-founder of the “Amazing University of Adelaide Laser Radio” outreach activity, where high school students construct a device that transmits audio signals over a laser beam using basic electronics components. Dr Sparkes was named South Australian Tall Poppy of the year at the 2018 SA Government Science Excellent Awards in August.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship foreign exchange scholarship program of the US, aimed at increasing binational collaboration, cultural understanding, and the exchange of ideas.