A fully funded PhD position is available in the Quantum Optics group at the University of Leipzig (Germany)
KEYWORDS: Ultracold Rydberg atoms, High-resolution UV spectroscopy, Ion-pair states, Cold plasmas
TOPIC: Long-range Rydberg molecules are exotic bound states of a Rydberg atom and ground-state atom within the Rydberg orbit. In this DFG-funded project, we will transform a gas of these exotic molecules into a gas of ion pairs by photoattaching the Rydberg electron to the ground state atom. Besides the fundamental interest in the spectroscopy of such a novel system, this approach could allow for the creation of a strongly coupled pair plasma, a novel and experimentally almost unexplored state of matter with great relevance for the evolution of the early universe and general plasma physics.
CANDIATES PROFILE: Master degree in Chemistry or Physics; good theoretical knowledge of quantum mechanics and spectroscopy; strong interest in competitive research in a very active field. Previous experience in several of the following fields is desirable: experimental physics, UV and IR spectroscopy, optics, programming.
ENVIRONMENT: The project is part of the national research network GiRyd, providing doctoral training and networking events as well as offering support for national and international exchange programs. Leipzig is a top-ranking, vibrant city in eastern Germany with a lively outdoor, arts and music scene.
More details can be found at https://bloch.physgeo.uni-leipzig.de/en/qop/stellen/