optomechanics

We have a fully funded PhD position available to work on the theory of cooperative effects in optomechanics and nanomechanics with André Xuereb (andre.xuereb@um.edu.mt) and Vittorio Peano (vittorio.peano@um.edu.mt) at the University of Malta. The project is theoretical, but we expect several strong interactions with many of our experimental colleagues. For more information please read the sample description at: https://goo.gl/rqtdiH

Application deadline: 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The quantum group at the University of Malta is seeking one or more PhD students and a post-doctoral researcher to work on the Horizon 2020 project HOT: Hybrid Optomechanical Technologies. These positions are accompanied by a generous salary, a travel and equipment budget, and are fully funded for three years. We also promise copious sunshine and great beaches.

Application deadline: 
Sunday, November 27, 2016

PhD Scholarship in the Engineering of Quantum Sensors and Networks
Physical Sciences/Other Physical Sciences

Application deadline: 
Thursday, June 30, 2016

One of the remaining puzzles in modern physics is the transition from quantum to classical physics. While many models, like decoherence, have been proposed, experimental tests remain very challenging. One of the most promising avenues for observing quantum effects at a macroscopic scale has been through optomechanics in which the radiation pressure of light is used to probe and control the dynamics of mechanical oscillators.

We seek to understand how the world works at the small scale. Quantum mechanics is the fascinating field that studies how nature works on the nano- and microscales. Several questions are still under investigation: What is the nature of the transition between the quantum mechanical laws and those of ordinary classical mechanics that large systems obey? How can one use the stronger coherences that arise in quantum systems to make possible more precise measurements or quicker computations?

We are a young theoretical quantum physics group working on addressing these questions from the lovely island of Malta. Our work spans the fields of quantum optics, including quantum optomechanics and quantum information, and quantum thermodynamics.

Location: 
Department of Physics University of Malta
Msida, MSD2080
Malta
35° 53' 38.5548" N, 14° 28' 41.3508" E
MT

PhD Scholarship in the Engineering of Hybrid Quantum Systems
Physical Sciences/Other Physical Sciences

Application deadline: 
Thursday, April 20, 2017

The project is aimed at the creation and manipulation of atomic density patterns by contact-free self-assembly due to optomechanical forces. We are looking at large patches (samples size of some millimetres) of laser cooled matter (around 100 µK), which will be structured on scales of wavelengths to hundreds of micrometres. The spatial structure is not imposed externally but evolves spontaneously from an instability of the homogeneous atomic cloud in interaction with a homogeneous light field.