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Single photon emitters in atomically thin 2D semiconductors for quantum technology applications

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Following the discovery of graphene a large family of layered crystals has attracted significant attention. Surprisingly, single photon emission from unusual defect states was found in several 2D semiconductors called transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). It was then shown that such defects can be prepared at will, opening a new class of materials with a potential for quantum technologies, where single photon emitters (SPEs) are at the core of communication and computing schemes. In this PhD project you will discover new types of SPEs and extend their wavelength range to telecom bands; work on advancing integration of SPE in photonic structures such as microcavities, waveguides and photonic crystals, where the single photon emission rate can be controlled. You will join an energetic team of 5 PhD students and 2 postdocs. You will perform advanced optics experiments in the state-of-the-art laboratories of the Sheffield group, work on novel device fabrication in the modern clean room and collaborate with leading groups around the world on 2D physics and technology. See further details at

Science Graduate School:
As a PhD student in one of the science departments at the University of Sheffield, you’ll be part of the Science Graduate School – a community of postgraduate researchers working across biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and psychology. You’ll get access to training opportunities designed to support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of science. You’ll be able to learn how to recognise good research and research behaviour, improve your communication abilities and experience technologies that are used in academia, industry and many related careers. Visit to learn more.

Funding Notes

If you submit your application after the 31 March 2019, you will be considered for any remaining funding, but please note all of our funding may be allocated in the first round.

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