Microfabricated ion traps are essential components for quantum-enabled instrumentation. Applications of these devices are in atomic clocks, sensors and quantum processors, covering the spectrum from laboratory research in fundamental science to practical quantum instruments. The UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has developed novel chip-scale microfabricated ion traps. Next-generation devices show excellent ion-trapping characteristics and are being used to research entangled ion strings for quantum metrology.
In partnership with the Department of Physics at the University of Strathclyde, we are offering a 4-year, EPSRC-funded, Industrial CASE PhD studentship in this experimental research topic. We are looking for a motivated person who has recently completed degree-level studies in physics or electrical engineering. The ideal candidate will show enthusiasm to achieve impact in quantum technologies and display an aptitude for conceptual thinking and problem solving.
The student will evaluate performance of existing microtrap devices, use them for control of entangled ion strings, and research their use towards quantum-enhanced sensitivity. This will guide the design of future devices and their applications in a range of atomic quantum technologies. The studentship sits at a multidisciplinary interface involving quantum physics, photonics and microfabrication, with immediate applications in quantum technology. The student will benefit from a funded research programme and access to state-of-the-art, well-equipped, laboratory facilities at NPL. The studentship is funded by EPSRC’s Industrial CASE programme, provides for UK/EU tuition fees and stipend, and is available immediately. NPL is a partner organisation of the national quantum technology programme.