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Research Assistant (Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher) - Quantum simulators based on multiphoton interference

Department of Physics

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Prof Myungshik Kim , Prof Ian Walmsley , Dr Raj Patel No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
London United Kingdom Optical Physics

About the Project

Imperial College London is recruiting an Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to work in the Marie Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) “Applications and Hardware for Photonic Quantum Information Processing (AppQInfo)”. The ITN will provide multidisciplinary training culminating in a PhD awarded by Imperial College London

The goal of AppQInfo is to train a top-class cohort of ESRs, that will become the future R&D staff within the area of photonic Quantum Information Processing. We will create and consolidate links between strategic industry partners such as IBM Zurich, NTT and IDQ and leading academic partners including Universities of Warsaw, Vienna, Paderborn, Waterloo, Geneve, Sorbonne, Oxford, Padova and Brussels by means of common engagement in research and training courses. This will result in the new understanding of nature and creation of new technologies in quantum communication and quantum simulations.

A crucial feature of the programme will be the close interaction with partners in both industry and academia and projects will involve a high degree of teamwork and interdisciplinary research, including secondments at a partner organisation.

This project will use multiphoton interference in guided-wave circuits to simulate other physical systems. New simulation schemes will be developed to map photonic states onto a wider variety of physical systems, exploring molecular vibrational spectra; spin chains and fermionic systems; and electrons interacting with a lattice containing vibrational modes, a precursor for superconductivity. This will involve collaboration with theorists from the groups of Magdalena Stobińska (Warsaw) and Myungshik Kim (Imperial). Experimentally, the ESR will collaborate with the group of Christine Silberhorn (Paderborn) to optimise waveguided spontaneous parametric downconversion quantum light sources as well as QUANDELA on quantum dot based deterministic single-photon sources and fibre-based interferometers acting on the time-bin degree of freedom. Simulators will be demonstrated in tailored interferometric circuits, which depending on the nature of the circuit will make use of integrated photonics (i.e. silicon, silicon nitride, or silica waveguides) or optical fibre architectures.

The successful candidate will be working with Professor Ian Walmsley and Dr. Raj Patel ([Email Address Removed]; [Email Address Removed])

In accordance with the criteria set out by Marie Curie ITN, the researchers must not have resided or carried out main activity (work, study, etc) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to taking up the fellowship. Also, in accordance with the criteria the researcher at the time of recruitment must not yet have been awarded the doctorate degree and must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research career.

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