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EPSRC Phd Studentship in Maser Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics


   Department of Physics and Astronomy

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About the Project

EPSRC Phd Studentship in Maser Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, University College London, Department of Physics and Astronomy

 A 3.5-year EPSRC Doctoral Training Programme PhD studentship is available under the supervision of Dr Jonathan Breeze within the Condensed Matter and Materials Physics group in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, University College London. The project will involve a mix of theory, simulation and experimentation in the fields of cavity quantum electrodynamics and room-temperature solid-state masers. The maser was the microwave progenitor of the now ubiquitous laser but was hampered by the need for cryogenic cooling and high vacuum systems. Recently at UCL the first continuous room-temperature solid-state maser was demonstrated using quantum defects in synthetic diamond. These defects, known as nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centres can serve as solid-state quantum bits (qubits) for quantum information processing, quantum optics and quantum sensing. The project will use experimental techniques such as pulse electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) to characterise spin-defects in candidate materials and apply theoretically techniques from quantum optics to describe their behaviour when coupled to microwave photons within cavities.

 This studentship would suit a highly motivated student possessing a mix of experimental, theoretical and computational abilities. The candidate should have, or be about to receive, an honours degree (at least 2.1 or equivalent) in Physics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering or a related subject. Good knowledge of quantum mechanics is expected and knowledge of optics and solid-state physics a plus. Experience in programming (e.g. Python, C, Matlab) and electronics would also be beneficial.

 The start date is 1st October 2022. The studentship will cover all university fees and includes funds for maintenance at the standard UK rate and for participation in international conferences and workshops. Due to funding restrictions the studentship is only open to candidates from the UK or from the EU with pre-settled status in the UK (satisfying the UKRI eligibility requirements). Please refer to the following website for eligibility criteria: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/research-degrees/physics-and-astronomy-mphil-phd

 Please submit applications in the following format:

 • A personal statement (500 words maximum) outlining (i) your suitability for the project with reference to the criteria in the person specification, (ii) what you hope to achieve from the PhD and (iii) your research experience to-date.

 • A CV, including full details of all University course grades to date, and, if relevant, details on scholarships, prizes and scientific papers published or in preparation.

 • Academic transcripts for undergraduate (Bachelor) and graduate (Master) studies.

 • Names, and email addresses of two academic or professional referees (at least one academic).

 These four documents should be submitted as a single zip file to Jonathan Breeze, [Email Address Removed] specifying in the subject line “PhD application”. The closing date for applications is 15th July 2022. All applications received by this date will be considered. Applications received after this date may be considered only if a suitable candidate has not been found by the above closing date.

 Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Jonathan Breeze, [Email Address Removed]


Funding Notes

Due to funding restrictions the studentship is only open to candidates from the UK or from the EU with pre-settled status in the UK (satisfying the UKRI eligibility requirements). Please refer to the following website for eligibility criteria: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/research-degrees/physics-and-astronomy-mphil-phd
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