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PhD Studentship in Quantum Gas Microscopy of Ultracold Polar Molecules

Durham University - Physics

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Durham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,622
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 5th December 2023
Closes: 29th January 2024

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1

Start date and duration October 2024 3.5 years

Award 100% home tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £18,622 (2023/24 rate)

Deadline 29 January 2024

Overview

Ultracold polar molecules offer an exciting new platform for a broad range of experiments in quantum science and technology, including quantum computation and quantum simulation. The breadth of applications stems from the existence of long-range dipole-dipole interactions between molecules combined with the rich molecular structure associated with vibration and rotation.

In Durham, we have pioneered the creation of ultracold ground state RbCs molecules by binding together atoms from an ultracold mixture of Rb and Cs. We have recently demonstrated a novel magic-wavelength optical trap for quantum superpositions of rotational states and are now ready to use the molecules to explore a range of problems in quantum science. To this end, we have built three distinct experimental setups designed to explore bulk gases of molecules, molecules in optical lattices and molecules assembled in optical tweezers.

We are currently seeking a PhD student to join our lattices experiment to develop quantum gas microscopy of ultracold molecules and subsequently to investigate the simulation of many-body physics and quantum magnetism with single-site and single-molecule resolution.

The project is associated with a 5-year UKRI Frontier Research Grant on “Quantum Simulation with Ultracold Polar Molecules”. The successful applicant will be trained in state-of-the-art research techniques that are highly sought in the emerging quantum-technology industry and will have the opportunity to visit our international collaborators in the United States.

The department is committed to promoting diversity, and we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.

Sponsor Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Name of supervisor(s) Prof Simon L. Cornish

Eligibility Criteria

You must have or expect a First Class honours Bachelor's degree, or at least a 2:1 Integrated Master’s degree or a Master's degree in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university (or equivalent).

Applications are open to Home and Overseas candidates. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6 in all sub-skills).

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s applicant portal

You will need to:

  • State ‘Quantum Gas Microscopy of Ultracold Polar Molecules’ in the 'Field of Study' section.
  • On the funding tab select ‘yes’ you are applying for a scholarship, select ‘PGR-Research Council Studentships’
  • attach a covering letter and CV
  • provide a short research proposal of a few paragraphs (no longer than 1 page) detailing your research interests.
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.
  • provide 2 referee contact details (specifically email addresses) who we will contact directly.

Contact

For informal enquiries please contact Prof Simon L. Cornish ( s.l.cornish@durham.ac.uk )

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