Platforms for New Quantum Technologies
The project will focus on addressing the grand challenge of Quantum Physics for New Quantum Technologies through the study of nano-scale electronic and mechanical devices at ultra-low temperatures. The project will involve developing a cryogen-free low temperature platform for experiments to temperatures below one miilikelvin, the realisation of new techniques for the cooling and interrogation of quantum nano-devices, and the development of novel thermometry.
The student will have the opportunity to work both in the world-class facilities of Royal Holloway’s London Low Temperature Laboratory and experience aspects of commercial product development at Oxford Instrument’s Tubney Wood facility in Oxfordshire. At Royal Holloway the research will be centred on a new cryogen-free dilution refrigerator, and a third nuclear demagnetisation facility, and involve the exploitation and further development of measurement schemes using superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs).
The London Low Temperature Laboratory is part of the European Microkelvin Consortium, and the project will have a strong element of national and international collaboration. Oxford Instruments are a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of hi-tech scientific instruments in fields such as the creation of low temperature and high magnetic field environments; X-ray, electron and optical based metrology; nuclear magnetic resonance, and advanced semiconductor processing technologies.
The position is fully funded for three years. The envisaged start date for this position is as soon as possible and preferably before April 2012. Candidates should have a degree in physics or a related subject, preferably at masters level (MSci in UK). An interest in experimental condensed matter physics is essential and some background in this subject would be a great advantage.
For details on the project or application procedures please contact:
The Postgraduate Administrator,
Royal Holloway, University of London,
Tel: 01784 276265