Controlled Quantum Dynamics Centre for Doctoral Training
PhD positions may be available through the Controlled Quantum Dynamics Centre for Doctoral Training.
For more information, please contact Prof. Richard Thompson.
- Reference: NAT00143
- Date posted: 23 April 2018
- Closing date: 23 May 2018
The Ion Trap group at Imperial College London has carried out extensive studies with trapped and laser cooled ions in a Penning trap. Our recent work includes the first sideband cooling of single ions and small Coulomb crystals to the ground state of their motion in a Penning trap. This has allowed us to demonstrate coherent manipulation of the optical qubit and the motional state of the ions, and to measure very low heating rates in our system.
We are now seeking an experimental Research Associate for 12 months in the first instance to work on the new EPSRC Grant Project “Optimal Control for Robust Ion Trap Quantum Logic”. The goal of the project is to develop optimal control of coherent operations on trapped ions in the presence of experimental noise, and to evaluate their performance in the laboratory. This project is part of a close collaboration between experiment and theory, led by Professor Richard Thompson and Dr Florian Mintert.
Duties and responsibilities
It is expected that the appointee to this position will have experience of experimental work with trapped ions, ideally in the area of quantum information. The appointee will be responsible for developing a new linear RF trap system for calcium ions using diode lasers for laser cooling. A highly stable laser at 729 nm will be used for addressing the qubit transition. This system will be used for evaluation and improvement of the theoretically-developed optimal control procedures, moving into the regime of large Lamb-Dicke parameters. In the initial stage of the project, our existing Penning trap system will also be used for the assessment of optimal control techniques.
• A PhD or an equivalent level of professional qualification in the area of experimental physics
• A strong record of research experience in experimental quantum optics, ideally including laser cooling of trapped ions
• Proven research experience in laser development and stabilisation
• Experience in computer control and analysis of experimental data.
• Detailed knowledge of Quantum Physics
Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,238 – £34,040 per annum.
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www.imperial.ac.uk/ion-trapping/research/ or by email to Richard Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Florian Mintert (email@example.com).
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