Dark matter detection with atomic quantum sensors


   School of Physics and Astronomy

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The huge progress achieved in the manipulation of quantum systems is opening novel routes towards the generation of realistic quantum-based technology. Quantum sensors, in particular, exploit the intrinsic "weakness" of quantum systems, their extreme sensitivity to external perturbations, to provide measurements of the perturbing fields with unprecedented sensitivity and stability. This project targets the study and engineering of ultra-sensitive quantum magnetometers and co-magnetometers based on neutral atoms at room temperature. Besides being interesting systems for fundamental research in the context of Quantum and Atomic Physics, neutral atomic gases hold a striking potential in an eclectic range of applications. In particular, you will take part in the study and development of multi-species co-magnetometers for application as outstanding rotation sensors (gyroscopes), and for the detection of Dark Matter candidates. More information on our research and publications is available at https://quantumsystemsbham.wixsite.com/home.

Desirable skills for this project are a strong experimental ability, in particular in optics, a good understanding of Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics, an interest in applications of quantum technologies, and a good sense of humour! To find out more about studying for a PhD at the University of Birmingham, including full details of the research undertaken in the School, the funding opportunities available for your subject, and guidance on making your application, please visit the website https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/physics/phd/phd.aspx.

The School of Physics and Astronomy is an Institute of Physics Juno Champion since 2014 and holder of the Athena SWAN Silver Award. Both initiatives recognise the School’s commitment to promote diversity and equality, and to encourage better practice for all members of the community, whilst also working towards developing an equitable working culture in which all students and staff can achieve their full potential. We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented groups in Physics and Astronomy including, but not limited to, women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic.

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