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Quantum optical networking and communication


   School of Mathematics and Physics

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  Dr Vicenzo Tamma  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three-year PhD to commence in October 2022. 

The PhD will be based in the School of Mathematics and Physics, and will be supervised by Dr Vincenzo Tamma at the University of Portsmouth and Professor Paolo Facchi at the University of Bari.

Candidates applying for this project may be eligible to compete for one of a small number of bursaries available; these cover tuition fees for three years and a stipend in line with the UKRI rate (£16,062 for 2022/2023). Bursary recipients will also receive £1,500 p.a. for project costs/consumables/travel.  

The work on this project could involve:

  • Quantum networking (protocols and implementation/architectures) 
  • Quantum sensing based on multi-photon interference
  • Quantum optical communication methods with entangled sources, including satellite-based quantum networks and quantum optical based time distribution using nano- or micro-sized satellites
  • Long distance communication schemes with thermal light

Project description

The overall field of quantum information science has reached an enormous progress establishing a quantum era where practical applications ranging from information security and finance to quantum communication, quantum sensing and pharmaceutical industry are already within reach. 

This program aims to introduce novel protocols for quantum networking based on the use of multiphoton networks with either thermal sources or entangled photons with the potential to immediately impact the development of quantum sensing and communication technologies beyond any classical capability on an industrial scale. This will be possible by taking advantage of “ad hoc” interferometric schemes and correlation measurements with experimentally feasible and scalable resources.

The PhD student will benefit from the experience of the supervisory team in quantum information processing and from the international and interdisciplinary environment within the Quantum Science and Technology Hub (QSTH) at the University of Portsmouth, including a highly interactive research group in quantum technologies and quantum optics led by Dr. V. Tamma, QSTH founding director, and the established successful collaboration with the group of Prof. Facchi at the University of Bari, leading expert in quantum information processing, as well as the recent collaboration with Dr. James Troupe, Chief Quantum Scientist at Xairos, a US company soon to have also an office in the UK. A collaboration agreement between UoP and Xairos has being finalised. 

Our project partner, Xairos is specialised in Quantum Time Synchronization for Secure Communications, including satellite-based quantum networks and quantum optical based time distribution using nano- or micro-sized satellites. Xairos will potentially contribute match funding toward the PhD bursary.


General admissions criteria

You'll need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. In exceptional cases, we may consider equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Specific candidate requirements

Highly talented and ambitious graduates with an excellent Master degree in Physics with strong interest in quantum optics, quantum information, and quantum technologies.

How to Apply

We encourage you to contact Dr Vincenzo Tamma ([Email Address Removed]) to discuss your interest before you apply, quoting the project code.

When you are ready to apply, you can use our online application form. Make sure you submit a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, proof of your English language proficiency and an up-to-date CV. Our ‘How to Apply’ page offers further guidance on the PhD application process. 

If you want to be considered for this funded PhD opportunity you must quote project code SMAP6480522 when applying.


Funding Notes

Candidates applying for this project may be eligible to compete for one of a small number of bursaries available; these cover tuition fees for three years and a stipend in line with the UKRI rate (£16,062 for 2022/2023). Bursary recipients will also receive £1,500 p.a. for project costs/consumables/travel.
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