The ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) addresses a grand challenge: reducing the energy used in information technology (IT). IT now accounts for 5% of the electricity use on Earth, and is doubling every 10 years. The current technology, silicon complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) will stop becoming more efficient in the next decade as Moore’s law comes to an end.
THE FLEET APPROACH
FLEET will meet this challenge by realising fundamentally new types of electronic conduction without resistance in solid-state systems at room temperature. These concepts will form the basis of new types of switching devices (transistors) with vastly lower energy consumption per computation than silicon CMOS.
Electronic conduction without resistance will be realised in topological insulators that conduct only along their edges, and in semiconductors that support superflow of electrons strongly coupled to photons. These pathways are enabled by the new science of atomically thin materials.
FLEET places Australia at the forefront of the new scientific fields of topological electronics, atomically thin materials, exciton condensates, and non-equilibrium phenomena. The Centre will build capacity in Australia for advanced electronics research, and train the workforce for the electronics industry of the future.
THE FLEET NETWORK
FLEET connects 19 chief investigators from seven participating organisations around Australia and 19 partner investigators from 16 organisations internationally. The current FLEET team is highly interdisciplinary with high-profile researchers from atomic physics, condensed matter physics, materials science, electronics, nanofabrication and atomically thin materials. With over $40M investment from the ARC and contributing organisations, FLEET is poised to make significant global impact in the electronics and energy sectors.