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Quantum Field Theory Applied to Nanotechnology

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, February 22, 2020
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Lead Supervisor: Prof Claudia Eberlein

Properties of quantum systems, like the energy levels of an atom, depend on the interaction with the quantized electromagnetic field. For atoms this is the cause of the well-known Lamb shift. If the quantized electromagnetic field is not propagating in free space but is affected by reflection, diffraction, absorption or any other interaction with its surroundings then this leads to changes in any quantum system coupled to it. This gives rise, for example, to van der Waals forces, the Casimir effect, Casimir-Polder forces, changes in the anomalous magnetic moment of particles, and many other effects. Some of these are barely measurable, but others play a major role in systems where a quantum object is close to a reflecting or absorbing boundary. In some case such effects can even be used to potentially manipulate the quantum system. Research in this area is fundamental for advances in nanotechnology.

Entry requirements part one

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics or Mathematics. They should have a good basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, electrodynamics, and mathematics.

Entry requirements part two

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements. A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage:
Advanced Quantum Mechanics, Complex Analysis, Quantum Optics, Quantum Field Theory.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select ‘Physics’. Please quote reference PH/CE-Un1/2019.

Programme name (to be included on the application form): Physics

Links to find out more

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Full Time Duration: 3 years

Preferred start date: 1 October preferred but any acceptable by agreement (there are four available start dates: 1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October)

Funding Notes

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

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