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Ultra-precise atomic magnetometry for unshielded measurements


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 to Magnetometry.

This project on measurement of magnetic fields has begun at the University of Strathclyde, which will push the attainable sensitive below the femtoTesla level (ten orders of magnitude below the Earth’s magnetic field). Using compact, room temperature, atomic samples the new lab will compete directly with superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) based systems that require prohibitively expensive cryogenic environments. The outcomes of the project will be immediately applied to measurement of real-world systems, including bio-magnetic fields such as those produced by the neuronal electrical activity of the human brain.

This project is funded within the UK Quantum Technologies Program, offering a fully funded PhD position within the Experimental Quantum Optics & Photonics group (http://photonics.phys.strath.ac.uk/) 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.

References

1 S. J. Ingleby, C. O’Dwyer, P. F. Griffin, A. S. Arnold, and E. Riis, Orientational effects on the amplitude and phase of polarimeter signals in double-resonance atomic magnetometry, Phys. Rev. A 96, 013429 (2017).
2 S.J. Ingleby, P.F. Griffin, A.S. Arnold, M. Chouliara, E. Riis, High-precision control of static magnetic field magnitude, orientation, and gradient using optically pumped vapour cell magnetometry, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 88, 043109 (2017).

How good is research at University of Strathclyde in Physics?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 27.00

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