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Quantum technologies with an ideal source of indistinguishable single photons

  • Full or part time
    Dr Brian Gerardot
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Indistinguishable single photons are an essential resource for quantum photonic logic gates and networking. Among the various approaches to generate identical light quanta, resonance fluorescence (RF) from a semiconductor quantum dot (QD) is one of the most promising for practical technological implementation. This project will exploit recent advances in the efficient generation of indistinguishable single photons to implement novel quantum networking and quantum optics schemes for the first time. We will work closely with other experimental groups (Dr. Alessandro Fedrizzi, Dr. Jonathan Leach, Prof. Danielle Faccio, and Prof. Gerald Buller) in a new joint laboratory as well as with leading theorists (e.g. Dr. Erik Gauger and Prof. Erika Andersson at Heriot-Watt, Dr. John Jeffers at Strathclyde).

We wish to recruit highly motivated students to join an active team of researchers located within Heriot-Watt University in the attractive city of Edinburgh. Applicants should have, or expect to obtain a 1st Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline, for example Physics. The studentship comes with a standard ESPRC stipend of £14,100 per annum for a period of four years. University Fees are fully covered by the studentship.

This experimental PhD project, motivated by future quantum technologies, offers a rare opportunity to gain a wide spectrum of experience with semiconductor device design, nano-fabrication, nano-optics, laser spectroscopy, cryogenics, and sophisticated electronics. The research is multi-disciplinary, involving: condensed-matter physics, quantum optics, materials science, and quantum information processing. We offer a world-class laboratory and a strong network of international collaborators. Please send inquiry emails to Prof. Brian Gerardot ().

Funding Notes

Four years full funding of both fees and stipend are included. This studentship is available to EU applicants only.

References

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