PhD in theoretical quantum dynamics in superconducting circuits

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Heriot-Watt University
20 January, 2017


Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh EH14 4AS
United Kingdom
55° 54' 33.8508" N, 3° 19' 14.5164" W

Abelian and non-Abelian gauge theories are of central importance in many areas of physics. In condensed matter physics, they describe quantum spin liquids and in quantum information theory they appear in connection to quantum error correction. Most famously, they play a central role in the standard model of particle physics, where e.g. Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), describes the strong interactions between quarks and gluons. Quantitative predictions beyond a perturbative level are however usually very hard to make for these theories and successful numerical approaches for central questions are lacking. A quantum simulator may be able to address these problems and it is the aim of this project to develop such a simulator for superconducting circuits.  

Superconducting circuits have recently made tremendous advances in realizing engineered quantum dynamics for quantum simulation and quantum information processing. Their quantum features originate from integrated Josephson junctions that behave like ideal nonlinear inductors. Currently superconducting circuits are assembled in ever larger connected networks and leading computing companies run quantum computing development programs for this technology.

In this project we want to make use of the exquisite properties of superconducting circuits for developing approaches to simulate lattice gauge theories.

Applicants should have a first-class degree in physics or a related discipline and a strong interest in quantum theory. Due to funding restrictions, the studentship is available to EU applicants only. Besides their research in theoretical quantum physics, successful applicants will also have the opportunity to take part in collaborations with experimental groups in the field.

The Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences at Heriot-Watt University is a vibrant environment for science, with more than 160 researchers active on different aspects within the field of Quantum Sciences and Photonics. Heriot-Watt is based in the outskirts of Edinburgh, a very lively city with plenty of things to do in its surroundings. 

Please send inquiries to Dr Michael Hartmann (m [dot] j [dot] hartmann [at] hw [dot] ac [dot] uk (m [dot] j [dot] hartmann [at] hw [dot] ac [dot] uk)).

Application deadline: 20th January 2017. 

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