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PhD positions in Quantum Technologies

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University of Birmingham (UK)
The Cold Atoms group at the University of Birmingham has PhD positions available on the following projects:

  • Atom interferometry: cavity-assisted large-momentum beam splitters will be used to improve the sensitivity of matter-wave gravity gradiometers. Development of a high-finesse optical cavity with large mode waist will lay the foundation for next generation quantum sensors.
  • Optical lattice clock: long-range interactions will be created between atomic spins in an optical lattice clock, making possible the controlled excitation of single atoms, entangled pairs, or larger entangled multiplets.
  • Quantum imaging: using nonlinear interaction with an atomic vapour, we can smooth out the quantum roughness of a beam of light by imposing a spatial order to the photons that make up the beam. This project looks at ways to use this so-called "squeezed light" to improve the science of optical imaging.
  • Cold atom ring laser: a bi-directional ring laser is being built utilising cold atoms as the gain medium. The in-cavity group index will be controlled via quantum coherences in the gas. The tunable sensitivity is interesting from a fundamental physics persepctive, and has applications in time/frequency metrology and inertial and field sensing.

These positions are funded for four years starting October 2014, and are available to UK/EU nationals. Interested candidates should contact:

      Dr Jon Goldwin

The Cold Atoms groups at the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham form the Midlands Ultracold Atom Research Centre (MUARC). Together, Birmingham and Nottingham have over 50 PhD students working on quantum technologies with ultracold atoms and condensed matter. MUARC is part of the Midlands Physics Alliance Graduate School and is a partner in a number of UK and European collaborations and training networks, on topics ranging from quantum simulation to atom interferometry and optical clocks.