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Coherent many-electron dynamics induced by attosecond laser pulses

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    Dr V Averbukh
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Project Description

Applicants are invited to submit applications for a theoretical/computational PhD project on coherent quantum phenomena in molecular photoionisation by attosecond laser pulses, supervised by Dr Vitali Averbukh within the Quantum Optics and Laser Science (QOLS) group at the Department of Physics of Imperial College London.

Availability of novel light sources, such as attosecond lasers and X-ray free electron lasers paves way to creation of coherent quantum
superpositions of highly excited states of ionised atoms, molecules and clusters. Evolution of such many-electron quantum states reveals spectacular effects, such as few-femtosecond time scale electron hole migration across a polyatomic molecule or new exotic decay phenomena. This PhD project will focus on theoretical modelling of new attosecond pump-probe spectroscopies that are being developed in our group for the study of ultrafast many-electron transitions.

The computational work will be based on the many-electron quantum theory that has been recently developed by our group for modelling the time-dependent laser field-induced dynamics. Further development of the method will require application of numerical approaches, while there will also be quite some scope for the development of analytical models to explore the limiting cases and aid interpretation. The research will be conducted in close collaboration with the experimentalists of the Blackett Laboratory Laser Consortium.

Successful candidate will have a 1st or upper 2nd class degree (or equivalent) in Physics or a related discipline, with a strong interest in theoretical and computational physics, especially in many-body phenomena, as well as good programming skills. The studentship will commence in October 2016. For additional information, please contact Dr Vitali Averbukh ([email protected]).

To apply online, please follow the guidance at the QOLS web page:
Please mention the attosecond many-electron theory as a subject and Dr Averbukh as a supervisor in your application. For help with the online application procedure, please contact Ms Marcia Salviato, [email protected] Tel: +44 (0)207 594 7862

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Funding Notes

Full funding is available for UK candidates only. Exceptionally strong EU candidates are advised to contact the supervisor to clarify the available funding opportunities.


[1] B. Cooper, V. Averbukh, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 083004 (2013).
[2] J. Leeuwenburgh, B. Cooper, V. Averbukh, J.P. Marangos, M. Ivanov, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 123002 (2013).
[3] B. Cooper, P. Kolorenč, L.J. Frasinski, V. Averbukh, J.P. Marangos, Faraday discussions 171, 93 (2014)
[4] R. Feifel, J. H. D. Eland, R. J. Squibb, M. Mucke, S. Zagorodskikh, P. Linusson, F. Tarantelli, P. Kolorenč, V. Averbukh, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 073001 (2016).

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