Dr Abdul Mirza, one of the central figures behind the success of the FIFA World Cup communications system, has received his “well-deserved” PhD degree in Physics from UKZN.
Mirza’s dissertation focused on quantum cryptography in an optical fibre network and investigated the practical implementation of emerging quantum technologies. In particular, he realised quantum communication networks for physically secure communication.
Professor Francesco Petruccione, SARChI Chair in Quantum Information Processing and Communication, School of Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Quantum Information Processing and Communication (QIPC) is an emerging discipline that has the capability to revolutionise the ICT sector in the 21st Century in the same way as the semiconductor-based transistor transformed the industry in the previous century. QIPC fuses two of the technological pillars of the 20th century, namely information science and quantum physics.
A scientific response to the big question—“What is life?”—may remain elusive for some time, but research in the quickly emerging area of “quantum biology” offers intriguing possibilities.
As the name suggests, quantum biology is the application of quantum mechanics to the biological sciences.