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Noise Thermometry with a focus on SQUIDS and nanodevices operating at millikelvin temperatures

Project Description

Lancaster University is offering a fully funded PhD project to study noise thermometry, with a focus on SQUIDS and nanodevices operating at millikelvin temperatures. The start date is 1 October 2019.

There is a huge demand of cooling micro and nano-sized samples down to submillikelvin temperatures and Lancaster Low Temperature Group is at the frontier of cooling electrons in nanosamples. Cooling is accomplished either by submerging nanosamples in liquid helium-3 or by direct adiabatic demagnetization of nanosamples. The outstanding challenge in these experiments is to measure temperature accurately, reliably and fast. Unprecedented SQUID sensitivity will enable us to develop a non-contact thermometer measuring magnetic noise, arising from the thermal motion of electrons in metallic nanosamples.

The project will be undertaken in the Lancaster Low Temperature Group and Quantum Technology Centre. The work is experimental and will involve fabricating devices, cooling them to millikelvin temperatures and performing measurements. Fabrication will be done on site using state-of-the-art nanofabrication facilities available in the LQTC cleanroom. The Low Temperature Group has several dilution refrigerators where measurements will be conducted.

The Physics Department is holder of Athena SWAN Silver award and JUNO Championship status and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department.

Please contact Dr. Viktor Tsepelin () or Dr. Jonathan Prance () for any additional enquiries. To apply for the position, please go to and include the title of the project and the name of the supervisor (Dr. Tsepelin) in your application

Closing Date
Applications will be accepted until the post is filled

Funding Notes

Funding for these projects is available to citizens of the European Union including the UK. Applications from non-EU citizens will be considered, provided the applicant has access to an alternative source of funding.

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