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PhD Studentship in Portable Atomic Clocks: developing and implementing technologies to build a portable atomic clock based on trapped calcium ions

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About This PhD Project

Project Description

A 3.5 year PhD position is available in the Ion Trap Cavity-QED and Molecular Physics Group in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex.

The currently most precise atomic clocks are based on optical transitions within neutral atoms or trapped atomic ions. With frequency uncertainties on the order of 10-17 these systems these system supersede atomic clocks based on microwave transitions. In order to make optical atomic clocks available for a wide range of applications, the systems must be compact with low power consumption and rugged. The aim of the project is to develop and implement technologies to build a portable atomic clock based on trapped calcium ions. This includes developing a compact laser system for generating, cooling, and interrogating the ions, integrate all optical components in to the ion trapping structure, building the required electronic control system as well as designing of the vacuum system.

Type of award
Postgraduate Research

Award amount
£14057(2015-16) per annum tax-free bursary and waiver of UK/EU fees each year for 3.5 years.Full-time study

First class degree in Physics or a 2.1 degree with a Masters or equivalent non-UK qualifications.

Non-UK students must have English at IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, and Overseas students requiring a visa must have an English certificate.

The costs covered are for UK and EU student fees only of £4068 p.a. Overseas (ex-EU) students can apply but must have a plan for raising the addition sums required for the higher fees of £17850 p.a

Application procedure
Send your CV to Dr Matthias Keller at [email protected]

Early application is advised. The studentship will be allocated as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

The expected start date at Sussex is September 2016 although other starts dates may be negotiable.

Further information
This is a full-time studentship. With agreement of the supervisor the student may take on a limited amount of teaching, for which additional payment will be made.

The award includes an additional training grant of £1250 p.a. for short courses, books, travel, conferences etc.

The on Trap Cavity-QED and Molecular Physics Group webpages can be found here:

Contact details
Informal enquiries should be sent to Dr Matthias Keller

Enquiries about your eligibility, the progress of your application and admission to Sussex, should be sent to Rebecca Foster [email protected]

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