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PhD in experimental quantum technologies and atomic physics

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

A fully funded PhD position is available in the Cold Atoms and Quantum Optics Group at the University of Nottingham. Our research is focused on the development of quantum sensors, ranging from measurements of inertial forces for navigation to highly sensitive magnetometers for medical imaging of the heart and the brain. The common working principles of these sensors are based on a range of exciting physics and methods, including laser technology, quantum optics, interactions between atoms and photons, and a wide range of technologies from ultra-high vacuum to analog and digital electronics and specific software. The research is pursued in a strongly participatory team with room for generalists as well as specific experts according to individual skills and preferences, bringing out the best from each contributor.

A specific project goal is the detection of rotation, based on the interference of matter waves in a Sagnac interferometer. The use of ultra-cold atoms allows for measurements of rotation rates well below the rotation of the Earth, and we are developing miniaturized devices based on atom-chip technology. The project offers links to the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology and to the US funded program on Atomic-Photonic Integration with opportunities for industrial collaboration and future employment.

Funding Notes

Institutional funding is available from the University of Nottingham, covering living expenses and tuition fees for EU and UK nationals.


Previously published research on this project can be found on our group's website.

How good is research at University of Nottingham in Physics?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 54.56

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