|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Funding amount:||£15,009 per annum for UK/EU citizens only|
|Placed On:||13th August 2019|
|Closes:||1st December 2019|
Quantum science and technology of atomic clocks. Atomic clocks are very accurate but very large and resource hungry. The aim of the project is to make a prototype for a semiconductor version and make predictions about how small and cheap they might become.
The atomic clock is a mature quantum technology that provides sophisticated but large and resource-hungry frequency standards with remarkable levels of precision and accuracy. The idea is that a clock based on an oscillator and counter (like a pendulum and the hands on the clock-face) must be “disciplined” by periodically checking against a natural phenomenon (like the midday sun). The benefit of the free atom in vacuum as the natural standard against which to discipline the frequency of a quartz oscillator is that the atomic frequency is independent of time and position, and the hyperfine transitions for alkali vapours are extremely regular and sharply defined.
This is a 3 year project, commencing on the 1st October 2019.
All applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a first class or high upper second degree. Applicants must be from the UK or EU. If English is not your first language, please copy of a valid IELTS certificate (from the past 2 years), 6.5 overall with 6.0 minimum in each band).
University fees will be covered for the entirety of the project, with a stipend of £15, 009 per annum for UK/EU citizens only.
How to Apply
All studentship applications need to be sent through the website (https://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/advanced-technology-institute-phd) and not emailed directly to the academic. Applicants are encouraged to contact Prof Ben Murdin to discuss their application.
Please use ‘Application for Solid-state atomic clocks PhD’ in the subject line.
Prof Ben Murdin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0148368 9328.
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