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High-dimensional measurement-device-independent quantum systems

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

In recent years, device-independent systems have become of significant interest in quantum technology. A system that is device independent provides the highest level of security for quantum protocols. This PhD project’s aim is to design and build such systems for secure quantum communication and networking. Our aim is to increase the bandwidth of quantum information protocol, such as teleportation, entanglement swapping, and quantum key distribution, by exploiting the high-dimensional nature of photonic states of light. All of the work relates to the fundamental science of quantum technology.

This is an experimental PhD, where we will make use of the very latest in quantum technology to generate, manipulate, and measure high-dimensional entangled states of light. We will make use of ultra-fast lasers, non-linear optics, spatial light modulators, and superconducting single-photon detectors.

The student should have a strong background in experimental physics, engineering, or related subject. This is an experimental PhD with a strong requirement for the development of skills in single-photon optics. The student will be responsible for the development of both the hardware and the software of the system.

This is a 3.5 year PhD studentship. The PhD will be funded by EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and will be placed in the Experimental Quantum Optics group at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. This group is led by Dr. Jonathan Leach.

Funding Notes

Funded by EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council).


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