Research group:
Midlands Ultracold Atoms Research Centre – Muarc Nottingham, UK
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Efficient atom-photon interfaces are a central part for quantum computers, fibre networks or
miniaturised quantum sensors. This exciting project creates an interface based on a cloud of
cold atoms trapped in a micrometre sized intersection in an optical single mode fibre. A fibre
cavity can be added to this system and the strong coupling regime reached. We will also expand
this concept to two dimensions (photonic waveguide chips), which currently have been very
successful for photonic structures, such as interferometers and photonic quantum simulators,
but so far have not included atoms. The PhD project will build on our existing experiment,
where we are currently trapping a cold cloud of caesium atoms with a temperature of 100 μK
in a 30 μm hole.
The project is part of a European collaboration including theoretical, experimental and photonic
engineering partners from Vienna, Berlin, Rostock, Odense. The PhD student will benefit from
the local research team (experiment and theory) and regular international consortia meetings.
The PhD program at the University of Nottingham offers postgraduate courses (Midlands
Physics Alliance Graduate School, mpags) as well as summer schools and workshops. Benefits
include a taxfree PhD stipend (currently 14553£ /year), paid tuition fees for EU/UK students
and a travel grant.
We welcome applications from highly motivated students with a strong background in quantum
Application: Please contact Dr. Lucia Hackermueller (
and send a CV and a motivation letter.