2 PhD positions in Quantum Photonics

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Two open PhD positions in Quantum Photonics
Edinburgh, Scotland

Project 1: An artificial atom in a two-dimensional semiconductor
Single-photon sources are crucial for emerging quantum technologies. An intriguing host for a solid-state quantum emitter is a two-dimensional semiconductor. Discovered in 2015, 2D quantum emitters possess unique properties such as spin-valley coherence and optical selectivity. This new, rapidly emerging field simultaneously takes advantage of significant advances in 2D semiconductors beyond graphene and the remarkable progress in quantum optics with semiconductor quantum dots. The goals of project are to identify and characterize the nature of the 2D quantum emitters, develop ways to coherently optically control and manipulate the quantum emitter spins and emitted photons, and find strategies to realize fully functional integrated devices suitable for future quantum technologies.

Project 2: An artificial atom in a two-dimensional semiconductor
Indistinguishable single photons are an essential resource for quantum photonic logic gates and networking. Among the various approaches to generate identical light quanta, resonance fluorescence (RF) from a semiconductor quantum dot (QD) is one of the most promising for practical technological implementation. This project will exploit recent advances in the efficient generation of indistinguishable single photons to implement novel quantum networking and quantum optics schemes for the first time. We will work closely with other experimental groups (Dr. Alessandro Fedrizzi, Dr. Jonathan Leach, Prof. Danielle Faccio, and Prof. Gerald Buller) in a new joint laboratory as well as with leading theorists (e.g. Dr. Erik Gauger and Prof. Erika Andersson at Heriot-Watt, Dr. John Jeffers at Strathclyde).

Position details:
We wish to recruit highly motivated students to join an active team of researchers located within Heriot-Watt University in the attractive city of Edinburgh. Applicants should have, or expect to obtain a 1st Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline, for example Physics. The studentship comes with a standard UK ESPRC stipend of £14,100 per annum (tax-free) for a period of four years. University Fees are fully covered by the studentship.
This experimental PhD project, motivated by future quantum technologies, offers a rare opportunity to gain a wide spectrum of experience with semiconductor device design, nano-fabrication, nano-optics, laser spectroscopy, cryogenics, and sophisticated electronics. The research is multi-disciplinary, involving: condensed-matter physics, quantum optics, materials science, and quantum information processing. We offer a world-class laboratory and a strong network of international collaborators. Please send inquiry emails to Prof. Brian Gerardot (b.d.gerardot@hw.ac.uk).
Funding Notes: Four years full funding of both fees and stipend are included. This studentship is available to EU applicants only.
For further enquiries please contact Prof. Brian Gerardot, Heriot-Watt University: (B.D.Gerardot@hw.ac.uk).