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PhD Studentship: Quantum Plasmonics

University of Birmingham - School of Physics and Astronomy

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 22nd October 2019
Closes: 15th January 2020

When light illuminates nano-sized metallic structures, the free electrons in the metal collectively oscillate, creating `plasmons'. By specifically designing the geometry and arrangement of the nano-metallic structures, one can direct and concentrate light at small enough volumes to enclose even single molecules or quantum emitters. Quantum emitters placed within these small volumes, absorb the plasmons to excite electrons at higher-energy states. Hence, the light (plasmon) and quantum emitters (matter) continuously exchange energy. Using plasmons, one can control how quickly the energy exchange occurs, and tailor the properties of the combined system. Hence, using plasmons we can gain access to the fundamental element of matter. Such systems form the basis for many future applications in quantum technologies and quantum information processing [1,2,3].

This PhD project will focus on (i) building the necessary theoretical models to understand the energy exchange dynamics between plasmons and quantum emitters and also (ii) performing numerical calculations to complement the analytical descriptions and to investigate more complex systems. The candidate will also work very closely with the Nanophotonics group based at University of Cambridge.

The PhD candidate should have completed (or about to complete) his/her undergraduate degree in Physics (preferably with first class honours or equivalent). The PhD candidate is expected to have a keen interest on Electromagnetism and exceptional mathematical skills. Details of the project will be agreed with the successful candidate to tailor the research to his/her interests.

The project will take place in the Nanophotonics group of Dr Angela Demetriadou (, which is part of the Metamaterials Research Centre ( in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham.

In line with the Department’s Athena SWAN programme, we particularly welcome female applicants.

For details of the funding available, advice on making your application or any other informal enquiries, please contact Dr Angela Demetriadou at: 

You can apply here: clearly stating the title of the project, the name of the supervisor (Dr. Angela Demetriadou) and the Metamaterials Research Centre.

Additional Funding Information

Funding is awarded on competitive basis, is only available to UK/EU nationals and it will cover tuition fees and living stipend for 3.5 years. Non-EU candidates with the correct qualifications will only be considered if they are self-funded or funded via other means.

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