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Quantum technologies for atomic clocks and atom interferometry

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  • Full or part time
    Dr P Griffin
    Prof E Riis
    Dr A Arnold
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

Fully-funded positions are available to undertake research in the ground-breaking field of quantum sensing and measurement. Depending on the student background and experience, after the first year the post will be specialised within one of the areas of - ATOM INTERFEROMETRY or ATOMIC CLOCKS; further details on both can be found below

The possibility of using interference of coherent matter-waves offer tantalising levels of potential accuracy for measurement devices. A particular application of interest is that of rotation sensing with applications in quantum-based, autonomous navigation devices. The student will join an research programmes in BEC interferometry at Strathclyde in the development of a Bose-Einstein condensate atom interferometer device. A key aim is the demonstration of an integrated optics and BEC interferometry. This project would ultimately inform the translation of chip-based BEC technology into a practical navigation tool.

Atomic clocks are a shining example of the power that technology based on atomic physics can have. In the last decades, using atoms laser cooled to the microKelvin regime, the sensitivity of atomic clocks has increase to now being better than one second over the age of the universe. This project, a key node in the £50million Quantum Metrology and Sensors QT Hub, will focus on the construction of an atomic clock in a compact and robust package, utilising holographic technologies developed in our group at Strathclyde. The resulting device will surpass current state-of-the-art in commercial atomic clocks in cost, size, and stability. The successful candidate will gain cutting edge experience in atomic physics, lasers, optics, and vacuum technology.

This project is funded within the UK Quantum Technologies Program, offering a fully funded PhD position within the Experimental Quantum Optics & Photonics group ( at Strathclyde, lead in collaboration by Prof Erling Riis, Dr Aidan Arnold, and Dr. Paul Griffin. The group is closely linked with other Quantum Technology Hubs exploiting Strathclyde’s position as the only University to be involved in all four hubs.

Contact: Dr Paul Griffin ([email protected])
Start date: Immediately (from 1st September 2017)
Eligibility: EU students only

Funding Notes

Funding is only available for UK nationals. All fees are paid together with a tax-free stipend. Financial support is available for collaborative work and for presentation of results at national and international conferences.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 27.00

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