About the Project
Over the past three years we have pioneered novel laser-writing methods for the fabrication of single NV centres that provides a solution to this problem. Laser writing allows NV centres to be created in diamond with a positioning accuracy of order 100 nm and with excellent coherence properties. The work offers a clear route to the realisation of chip-scale devices containing many thousands of qubits which could facilitate the first universal fault-tolerant quantum processors.
This project, based in the Departments of Materials and Engineering Science, University of Oxford, will focus on a critical element of the engineering of single NV centres using laser processing, namely the ability to perform local annealing with a laser to modify the crystal environment around a written NV centre and control its properties. Initial proof-of-concept experiments have shown that the basic idea works but a number of important questions remain regarding the degree of control that can be achieved. The goal of the project will be to answer these questions by performing systematic studies of the effect of local annealing on defect concentrations and local strain, plus the creation of multiple NV centres coupled by spin-spin interaction and the deletion of unwanted NV centres at a chosen site. The work will entail developing the laser writing methods, including the use of adaptive optics and control systems, and using laboratory tools for measuring the optical and spin properties of the defects. You will work within a team of researchers in Oxford in collaboration with researchers at the universities of Warwick, Cambridge and Strathclyde. The team forms part of the UK Quantum Technologies Hub in Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT), providing a vibrant and interdisciplinary community spanning ten universities, with research into multiple hardware platforms plus theoretical and engineering efforts aimed at developing scalable quantum computers. The project is funded by full studentship associated with the quantum technology programme.
Individual applications will be considered as and when they are received and this position will be filled as soon as possible.
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