A new photonic chip that works on light rather than electricity has been built by an international research team, paving the way for the production of ultra-fast quantum computers with capabilities far beyond today’s devices. Future quantum computers will, for example, be able to pull important information out of the biggest databases almost instantaneously. As the amount of electronic data stored worldwide grows exponentially, the technology will make it easier for people to search with precision for what they want.

One PhD studentship is available at Imperial College London for the theoretical investigation of quantum effects in surface plasmon polaritons / metamaterials. This theoretical investigation is supervised by Professor Myungshik Kim and Professor Stefan Maier. The studentship includes European/UK student fees and full stipend with London weighting during the PhD period.

The studentship is available now until it is filled. If the candidate prefers, they can join the Doctoral Training Programme for Controlled Quantum Dynamics at Imperial College.

We are currently offering a PhD position for motivated people interested in studying experimental quantum optics and quantum communication. The position is in the Group of Applied Physics, led by Profs Nicolas Gisin and Hugo Zbinden, at the <a href="http://www.gapoptic.unige.ch">University of Geneva</a>. The successful candidate can start immediately.

Application deadline: 
Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sami Mitra at APS Physics writes: ''Whether quantum dots will prove to be reliable building blocks for a quantum computer will depend on how well we measure and control their charge and spin.

* 6 Phd student positions.
* Recruitment: September 23-24, 2010.
* Deadline: September 20, 2010.

The main aim is to conduct the state-of-the-art research during the preparation of PhD theses within 4 years. At the same time the programme aims at intensifying international cooperation of the Polish research units. Each Phd Student is expected to spent from 6 to 24 months in the collaborating foreign laboratories.

Application deadline: 
Sunday, September 19, 2010