PhD Studentship in Inertial Sensors and Lattices for Quantum Technology

University of Sussex - The School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

A 3.5 year PhD position is available in in the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Group with Prof. Barry Garraway in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex.

The position consists of current UK/EU fees and a yearly stipend of £14296 which can be supplemented by tutoring. The position also includes an annual travel allowance. You should have a physics, electrical engineering or related degree.

The physics of ultra-cold atoms provides fantastic opportunities for the development of new ideas with applications such as new and more precise sensors in quantum technology. This theory project is expected to co-operate with experimental work: the PhD student will take a leading role in the development of techniques for the control of ultra-cold atoms. The work aims to make theoretical studies of quantum systems in topologies such as atoms in elongated traps, rings, lattices, shells and toroids. The work may have applications to interferometry, rotation sensing, accelerometers and quantum information processing.

The project will build on recent proposals to make microwave loop traps [1] and lattices [2] for ultra-cold atoms that may be used for model condensed matter simulations and quantum information processing on a grid. For a recent review of related work see [3]. The project is mostly theoretical, but there may be an opportunity for experimental work, too. The project will be connected to work in the UK Quantum Technology hub in sensors and metrology as the work in this project is highly relevant, as underpinning science, to the development of quantum technologies.

References: [1] Radio-frequency dressed lattices for ultracold alkali atoms, G.A. Sinuco-León and B.M. Garraway, New J. Phys. 17, 053037 (2015); Addressed qubit manipulation in radio-frequency dressed lattices, G.A. Sinuco-León and B.M. Garraway, New J. Phys. 18, 035009 (2016).

[2] Inductively guided circuits for ultracold dressed atoms, G. Sinuco-León, K. Burrows, A.S. Arnold, and B.M. Garraway, Nat. Commun. 5, 5289 (2014).

[3] Recent developments in trapping and manipulation of atoms with adiabatic potentials, B.M. Garraway and H. Perrin, J. Phys. B 49, 172001 (2016).

Award amount

£14,296 (2016-17) per annum tax-free bursary and waiver of fees each year for 3.5 years. Full-time study


First class degree in Physics or similar; or a 2.1 degree with a Masters or equivalent non-UK qualifications.

Non-UK students requiring a visa must have English at IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

High calibre International student applications are greatly encouraged.

Application procedure

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Early application is advised. The studentship will be allocated as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

The expected start date at Sussex is September 2017, but other start dates may be negotiated.

Further information

This is a full-time studentship. With agreement of the supervisor the student may take on a limited amount of teaching, for which additional payment will be made.

The award includes an additional training grant of £1,250 p.a. for short courses, books, travel, conferences etc.

Contact details

The project will be supervised by Professor Barry Garraway

Enquiries about your eligibility, the progress of your application and admission to Sussex, should be sent to Rebecca Foster

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