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Dodd-Walls Centre opportunities

Masters Project (experimental) Available

The Light and Matter Group at Otago Physics is looking for a motivated masters level student to work in our Marsden-funded Rydberg Quantum Optics project, where the aim is to store single photons in distant ensembles of ultracold atoms.  Photons do not normally interact with each other.  Our photons - stored as Rydberg excitations of the atoms - interact with each other extremely strongly (see graphic in document below).  This provides an exciting platform for photonic quantum manipulation and nonlinear optics at the single photon level.

Kjaergaard Masters_project (1.03MB)

The proposed masters project will involve building up a laser system to address the Rydberg states of fermionic 40K and perform spectroscopy of its Rydberg states. This will be followed by demonstrations of storage of photons in ultracold fermionic ensembles and their efficient retrieval. An ultracold atom machine producing degenerate fermionic samples of 40K and con gurable arrays of ultracold atoms trapped using optical tweezers already exist in our lab (see figure), and so does the building blocks of the relevant laser system. 

If you are enthusiastic student who loves photons, atoms, lasers and cool gadgets, this can be an ideal project for you. Please contact amita.deb@otago.ac.nz or niels.kjaergaard@otago.ac.nz if interested to get a lab tour.  Honours and PhD projects also available.

Postdoctoral Fellowships available for 2018

The Dodd-Walls Centre is appointing postdoctoral researchers to begin in 2018-19, and we welcome applications from researchers and students nearing completion of their PhD.

Postdoctoral candidates should have experience of working in photonics, quantum physics, or a related discipline, and a strong track record of publications. We will post information here as postdoctoral fellowships become available.

All positions are offered through our partner universities and applications are processed through the universities. Full application instructions can be found with each position.

Read the current list of DWC Postdoctoral Fellowships here