PhD Studentship: Optical micro-resonator design for enhanced quantum processing

PhD Studentship: Optical micro-resonator design for enhanced quantum processing

United Kingdom 31 Aug 2024
University of Copenhagen

University of Copenhagen

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PhD Supervisors: Dr Peter Horak, Dr James Gates

Supervisory Team: Dr Peter Horak, Dr James Gates

Project description: The University of Southampton is expanding its PhD research in the area of Quantum Technology Engineering. In addition to the research project outlined below you will receive substantial training in scientific, technical, and commercial skills.

We are looking for a PhD student to join our interdisciplinary team of students, postdocs, and senior researchers developing micro-optical devices for advancing quantum technologies.

Many quantum technologies, such as quantum computing, quantum communication, and quantum sensing, often rely on micro-optical components to couple the internal quantum states of matter (e.g. atoms or ions) to photons for the preparation, transmission, and read-out of quantum information. This matter-light interaction can be enhanced by optical resonators where light is trapped between two spherical mirrors. We have recently shown that using specially designed, non-spherical mirrors can significantly enhance the performance of such resonators, leading to faster quantum information processing, higher bit rates, or enhanced quantum sensing.

In this project you will help to advance this new paradigm of non-spherical micro-optics towards a practical quantum technology. You will perform computer modelling and simulations in close collaboration with fabricators and experimentalists. Potential areas of research include:

  • Design and simulation of optical resonators that focus single photons into microscale spots for strong interaction with single atoms or ions.
  • Optimisation of such designs for strong performance even when allowing for realistic fabrication tolerances.
  • Freeform micro-optical lenses and mirrors to efficiently couple photons emitted from a particle into a single-mode optical fibre.
  • Investigation of machine learning tools for micro-optics design.

If you have an interest in photonics, quantum technology, and computer-based modelling, you would be highly suitable for this project. You will benefit from our world-leading expertise in these fields and enjoy working in a highly supportive environment in our group and collaboration with partner groups across the University of Southampton and around the country.

If you are interested, please contact the supervisor for more information: Peter Horak [email protected]

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date : 31 August 2024.

Applications will be considered in the order that they are received, the position will be considered filled when a suitable candidate has been identified.

Funding: We offer a range of funding opportunities for both UK and international students, including Bursaries and Scholarships.  For more information please visit PhD Scholarships | Doctoral College | University of Southampton   Funding will be awarded on a rolling basis, so apply early for the best opportunity to be considered.

How To Apply

Apply online: Search for a Postgraduate Programme of Study (soton.ac.uk) . Select programme type (Research), Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, next page select “PhD iMR”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor.

Applications should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two reference letters
  • Degree Transcripts/Certificates to date

For further information please contact: [email protected]

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