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DTC PHYS 6 - Enabling technologies for space-borne optomechanics

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  • Full or part time
    Dr J Bateman
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

The Measurement Problem in Quantum Mechanics has given rise to interpretations from pragmatic Copenhagen to esoteric Many Worlds, with no satisfactory resolution in sight; it may instead be an experimental question.
The MAQRO Mission takes experimental tests of wave-partical duality to the logical extreme of nanoscale particles in 200nm superpositions, enabled by a space-borne platform currently being discussed with ESA. In this project, the student will explore technological solutions, including wet chemistry and custom ultrasonics, to the key challenge of bringing nanoparticles into an optical trap at ultra-high vacuum under cryogenic conditions.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or an appropriate Master’s degree (with Merit). Informal enquiries are welcome by emailing the project supervisor.

For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests. We prefer candidates to have already met the English Language requirements at the point of application, although this is not a requirement.

How to apply

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Funding Notes

Student Finance England have announced plans to offer student loans for PhD level courses from September 2018 for courses at any PhD awarding university (including Swansea University). Full details are still to be confirmed. Visit our website for updated information. –

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