PhD in: Matter-wave interferometry with Mesoscopic Particles

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University of Southampton
31 March, 2013


University of Southampton, Physics and Astronomy
Southampton SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom
50° 55' 57.3996" N, 1° 23' 25.3284" W


We are seeking keen experimentalists to work on highly challenging and excitingly novel experiments on mesoscopic quantum physics and to join us - Quantum Nanophysics Group at Southampton - as PhD students.

Generally we perform matter-wave interferometry experiments to explore the quantum superposition principle in a new mass and complexity regime – with nanoparticle beads. We have received major funding to develop new techniques and to set up a conceptually novel interferometer to push the boundaries of quantum physics, by testing the fundamental principle of wave-particle duality. Candidates should have a solid theoretical background in physics or possibly chemistry, and an interest in the foundations of physics.

Candidates should have a dedication to set up and work with sophisticated experiments. They should enjoy or have a deep interest in optical design and set up, in particle trapping by optical forces, feedback stabilization with FPGA digital electronics, work with Ultra-high vacuum systems, fibre and diode lasers, as well as nanofabrication (SEM, lift-off, reactive ion etching) in the new Mountbatten nanofabrication complex at Southampton. Typical programing includes working with packages such as Matlab, Python, Labview or COMSOL, to simulate setup parameter of experimental components and to predict and interpret the experimental outcome.

If you are interested and want to learn more about the available posts and the living and working conditions at Southampton, and to receive a list of relevant publications, please contact: Dr Hendrik Ulbricht (h [dot] ulbricht [at] soton [dot] ac [dot] uk).

The PhD is fully funded and applicable for UK and EU citizen, with a stipend of £13,590 per annum as well as tuition fees. The PhD will last for 3 years with a possibility of an extension. Deadline for applications is the 31 of March 2013. Interviews will be in early April 2013. 

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