PhD in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics - Dynamical Simulations of Hot-Electron Quantum Optics

Newcastle University - School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

Value of award:

A tax-free stipend of £14,553 per year (subject to minor change) and 100% tuition fees. The studentship also includes a desktop computer and £1,500 travel allowance.

Start date and duration:

September 2018 for 42 months

Application closing date:

26 January 2018


Quantum-dot charge pumps can act as reliable on-demand sources of single electrons. Not only are these sources proposed for use in an array of cutting-adge metrology applications, they also open up a new route to realise quantum-optics-like experiments with electrons in the solid state. Since these electrons are 'hot', ie have energies far in excess of the Fermi level, their quantum-coherence properties are expected to be very different to those of electrons from standard sources.

The aims of this project are: to develop realistic numerical simulations of hot-electron devices, to analyse and optimise a variety of quantum-optics geometries, and to investigate applications in quantum electronics, quantum computation and quantum-enhanced metrology.

This is a theoretical/computational project but the work will be carried out in close collaboration with world-leading experimentalists at the National Physical Laboratory.

You will work together with supervisor Dr Clive Emary of the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at Newcastle University, as well as Dr Andrea Bertoni at CNR NANO, Modena, Italy, and the experimental team of Dr Masaya Kataoka at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).


School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, Newcastle University.

Name of supervisor(s):

Dr Clive Emary of the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

Eligibility Criteria:

This studentship is available to UK/EU and international candidates who have/expect a first class or high 2:1 honours degree in mathematics, physics or another relevant discipline. A Masters qualification in a relevant subject area will be advantageous.

Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 6.5. International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme.

How to apply:

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.  To do this please ‘Create a new account’.
Only mandatory fields need to be completed.  However, you will need to include the following information:

  • insert the programme code 8080F in the programme of study section
  • select 'PhD Mathematics and Statistics (full time) - applied mathematics', as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code msp004
  • attach covering letter, CV and (if English is not your first language) a copy of English language qualifications. The covering letter must state title of studentship, quote reference msp004 and describe how your research interests fit with the topic of research project outlined in the advertisement (maximum of two pages).


Dr Clive Emary
School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

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