Explore quantum vortices in a two-dimensional quantum fluid!

   Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Explore quantum vortices in a two-dimensional quantum fluid! This project involves conducting new experiments, first establishing a Bose-Einstein Condensate and transferring it to a "pancake" trap, where atoms are only allowed to move in two dimensions. An arbitrary, dynamic potential `landscape' is then projected onto the 2D quantum fluid. This potential landscape is generated using a strong laser beam, shaped by a Digital Mirror Device (DMD). You will be programming the DMD with a series of images that disturb the quantum fluid and create quantised vortices. In collaboration with the theory group at the University of Otago, you will investigate clustering of these vortices.

The wider context

The Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies is a national Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE)and a world-class organisation which builds on Aotearoa-New Zealand’s (NZ) internationally acknowledged strength in the fields of quantum optics, photonics, ultracold atomic gases, and precision atomic physics. Photonics, the manipulation of the quantum building blocks of light, and the precision control of matter at the atomic scale through the use of light, underpin technological development in areas such as computing, advanced sensing technologies and medical imaging, and communication. 

The Dodd-Walls Centre, hosted by the University of Otago, involves six universities in NZ. Your PhD project while based at one institution will allow you to collaborate with researchers from across the Centre. More information about our Research Centre can be found here: https://doddwalls.ac.nz/

The Dodd-Walls Centre mission

  • To solidify our position as a Research Centre that is recognised as one of the world’s leading organisations in the field of photonic and quantum technologies,
  • To train and develop skilled staff and students to the highest international standards,
  • To capitalise upon the international investment in quantum and optical sciences for the benefit of New Zealand,
  • To support the rapidly growing high-tech industry sector, thus ensuring New Zealand’s economic diversification and providing career pathways for the outstanding people that we train,
  • To provide support for New Zealand’s climate action through improved environmental measurement and monitoring, and,
  • To ensure that the benefits of advances in science and technology, especially in photonics and quantum technologies, are available to all.

What we offer

The successful applicant will receive a PhD scholarship of NZ$28,500 stipend per annum plus fees. The stipend is for three years. The scholarship is tax-free.

We also provide funding to support research, including for travel to visit collaborators and attend conferences.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must meet University of Auckland entry requirements for admission to a PhD. Award of the scholarship is conditional on the university accepting your enrolment. The successful applicant will be guided through the process of formally applying for admission. 

This is an interdisciplinary project so applicants from a wide range of academic backgrounds will be considered. 

This project is based in Auckland, New Zealand and is available for immediate start. 

How to apply

To express your interest in this scholarship and PhD research opportunity, please prepare the following items:

  • A brief CV including qualifications, academic achievements, list of publications, work history, and references.
  • A copy of your academic transcript(s).

Please submit your application via email to the main supervisor of this project Dr Maarten Hoogerland () who will guide you through the scholarship application process.

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