|Location:||Sussex, Brighton, Falmer|
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||From £17,668 A tax-free bursary for living costs for three and a half years, annual value from October 22/23; a support grant for three and a half years of £1,250 per year for travel and attending conferences|
|Placed On:||21st August 2023|
|Closes:||31st October 2023|
Development of a Quantum Microwave Sensor for the Neutrino Mass Measurement (2023)
PhD studentship in the Geonium Chip group, part of the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies
What you get
Type of award
About the project:
This PhD project will focus on the development of a Quantum Microwave Sensor for fundamental Physics applications, specifically for the planned future measurement of the neutrino mass using the novel Cyclotron Resonance Spectroscopy (CRES) technique. CRES can deliver the neutrino mass by measuring the microwave radiation emitted by the electrons resulting from tritium beta-decay. To achieve the needed accuracy, the CRES technique requires an ultra-accurate microwave sensor, which should be capable of detecting tiny signals of a few tens of microwave photons. At Sussex we are developing such a quantum microwave sensor using our novel “geonium chip” ion trap. This will use a trapped electron (so-called “geonium atom”) as the quantum microwave sensor. The geonium atom is capable of measuring the ultimate limit of single microwave photons and will allow for the CRES technique to reach its full potential. Further applications are Quantum Radar, Microwave Microscopy, and Quantum Microwave Imaging.
Skills and training:
The PhD candidate will work with an existing experimental cryogenic ion trap setup at the University of Sussex. They will receive training in ion trap technology, magnetic fields design with superconductors, cryogenics, RF electronics, microwave engineering, and quantum optics. There will also be opportunities to present work at international conferences, as the project involves international collaboration with world-class groups in fundamental physics and quantum technology, as well as private companies.
Applicants must hold, or expect to hold, at least a UK upper second class degree (or non-UK equivalent qualification) in Physics, or a closely-related area, or else a lower second class degree followed by a relevant Master's degree.
If you are neither a UK national, nor a EU national with UK settled/pre-settled status, you will need to apply for a student study visa before admission.
This award is open to UK and ALL International students.
Deadline: 31 October 2023 23:45
How to apply
Apply through the University of Sussex on-line system, by clicking the 'Apply' button, above.
Select the PhD in Physics, with an entry date of September 2023.
In the Finance & Fees section, state that you wish to be considered for studentship no MPS/2023/01.
We advise early application as the position will be filled as soon as a suitable applicant can be found.
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For academic questions please contact:
Dr Jose L. Verdu at firstname.lastname@example.org
Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
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