PhD position in “Long-distance spin-photon entanglement”
University of Geneva
The Department of Applied Physics at the University of Geneva in Switzerland is a world-class research institution in the growing field of Quantum Science and Technology (unige.ch/gap/qic/). We have many active collaborations with the national Swiss and international research community, including three projects within the European Quantum Flagship, and we are locally home to a network of internationally recognized research groups working on quantum repeaters, quantum key distribution, quantum non-locality and entanglement, quantum thermodynamics, and quantum biophotonics.
The research lab:
The Quantum Repeater and Memories (qram) group headed by Mikael Afzelius is a leading laboratory in quantum repeater research, with an excellence in developing solid-state spin-photon interfaces at the quantum level. Our motivation is to perform intellectually stimulating and challenging experimental research, with potential future applications.
The PhD candidate will work on developing our quantum repeater
node based on europium doped Y2SiO5 crystals. The goal is to demonstrate entanglement between europium spins and a telecom photon after a propagation of the photon of 10s of km, with a long quantum memory lifetime and high efficiency. To this aim the student will work on coherent spin control techniques, cavity-enhancement of the memory efficiency, and on techniques to witness remote so-called single-photon entanglement.
We seek highly motivated and skilled candidates with a solid background in coherent light-matter interactions/spectroscopy and quantum optics. Candidates should hold the equivalence of a European Masters diploma in Physics. A PhD degree takes 3-4 years to obtain at the University of Geneva.
How to apply:
Applications should be submitted by email here. A complete application should include a short motivation letter, a CV, a list of Bachelor and Masters courses (with grades), and at least two recommendation letters or the names of at least two potential referees and their relationship to the candidate.
Contacts: Dr. Mikael Afzelius, firstname.lastname@example.org