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PhD in Physics and Astronomy - Atomic spin polarisation in vector light fields - building a portable one-shot magnetometer

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About the Project

The Optics Group at the University of Glasgow in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics would like to announce the opening of a 3.5 year PhD studentship commencing on 1st October 2019.

In this project you will develop and investigate inertial sensing with cold atoms, enhanced by vector vortex illumination.

The studentship benefits from the combine expertise offered by the Optics Group - a diverse and exciting research environment with a focus on structured light, quantum and computational imaging, metamaterials and atom trapping, and Fraunhofer CAP - a not-for-profit company specialising in application-oriented research with strong links to the photonics industry. The studentship will be associated with our new International Graduate School for Quantum Technologies, providing cross cohort training in cutting-edge scientific research, and you will receive postgraduate teaching and skills training as part of the SUPA (Scottish Universities Physics Alliance) partnership.

In this PhD project you will build a “Portable one-shot magnetometer.” The unprecedented precision and reproducibility of atomic quantum states makes them ideal inertial sensors. This project will use the precession of atomic spin polarisation to measure the magnitude and alignment of an external magnetic field. Unlike conventional atomic magnetometers which require the time-dependent detection of this precession, we will illuminate an atomic vapour with vector vortex light to obtain a spatially varying signal from which we can determine the magnetic field. The project combines exploration of fundamental vectorial light-matter interaction, state-of-the-art light shaping and the development of a compact quantum technological instrument.

You will join a friendly and enthusiastic team. Applicants should have a first class Honours degree or a 2.1 and ideally a Master’s degree in Physics or Engineering.

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Funding Notes

The position is fully funded and includes home/EU fees for 3.5 years with a stipend at the Research Council rate (£15,009 for session 2019/20).

Suitable candidates will be interviewed as soon as they apply, aiming to start the project in autumn 2019, so please submit your application as soon as possible.

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