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Quantum Simulation with Ultracold Atoms

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

Project Description

Ultracold Atom systems have proven to be a versatile tool to study Quantum many-body phenomena in a controlled environment. This opens exciting experimental possibilities to directly observe and investigate with exceptional resolution phenomena like quantum phase transitions, multi-particle entanglement or dipolar quantum magnetism. With the additional ability to control potentials with laser beams and control interactions using magnetic fields, this allows to implement and experimentally simulate theoretical models, which are not accessible to even the strongest computers due to the complexity of quantum phenomena.

In this project, you will be joining a team working with two interacting Bose-Einstein condensates of different atomic species and prodding these with arbitrarily shaped light fields to perform quantum simulations of quantum transport, thermodynamic processes in the vicinity of the absolute zero and new phases of matter. The results will shine a new light on several fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics and they will have important implications for the next generation of quantum technologies.
Desirable skills for this project are a strong experimental ability, in particular in optics, a good understanding of quantum mechanics and atomic Physics, an interest in quantum technologies and good sense of humour.

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Funding Notes

Funding is awarded by the school on a competitive basis, depending on the strength of the applicant. The funding is only available to EU citizens.

Non-EU Students: If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application to work on this project will be considered.

You can search for sources of funding at: View Website
For details of the funding available and advice on making your application, please contact:

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