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PhD in Physics and Astronomy : Cold atom memories for vector light fields

   College of Science and Engineering

   Friday, October 01, 2021  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Optics Group at the University of Glasgow announces the opening of a 3.5 year PhD studentship, starting from 1st October 2021, in quantum imaging and sensing with cold atoms. The position is fully funded, covering all fees for UK and potentially international candidates.

The Optics Group is part of a diverse and exciting research environment with focus on structured light, quantum and computational imaging and atom trapping. Students will receive postgraduate teaching and skills training as part of the SUPA (Scottish Universities Physics Alliance) partnership, as well as cutting-edge research training in via the International Graduate School for Quantum Technologies.

Vector light fields can be structured in their intensity, phase and polarisation, and our group has developed sophisticated techniques for the generation of such light. In this project you will imprint vector light fields onto cold rubidium atoms, transferring optical polarisation structures to the alignment of atomic quantum structures. This will allow you to explore fundamental vectorial light-matter interaction and investigate the possibility of vector-enhanced sensing and imaging. You will join a friendly and enthusiastic team working on our dark spot magneto-optical trap and on state-of-the-art light shaping.

Applicants : Applicants should have a first class Honours/Bachelor’s or an upper second class Master’s degree in Physics or Engineering, and ideally experience in experimental optics and/or atom optics.

We intend to reach a decision on the candidate as soon as possible – if you want to join our team please apply soon!

How to Apply : Please apply online via our Physics and Astronomy Graduate School

If you have any questions on the project or the application process please contact

Sonja Franke-Arnold: 

 Please refer to the following website for details on how to apply:

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK/EU/INT’L applicants for 3.5 years, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (estimated £15,609 for Session 2021-22).
Additional financial support is available for presenting results at national and international conferences.

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