Discipline: 
Physics
Status: 
Available
Level: 
PhD Project
Level: 
Masters Project
Level: 
Honours Project
Level: 
Summer Project
Supervisor(s): 
Dr Tyler Neely, Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop

 

"And therefore, the problem is, how can we simulate the quantum mechanics?...We can give up on our rule about what the computer was, we can say: Let the computer itself be built of quantum mechanical elements which obey quantum mechanical laws. " - R. P. Feynman

 

Study in sunny subtropical Brisbane, Australia, within the  ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS – http://www.equs.org) at the University of Queensland – ranked in the top 100 institutions internationally.  We have a vacancy for a promising domestic or international student for a new experimental project, utilizing ultracold atoms for quantum simulation (http://www.equs.org/quantum-simulation-neutral-atoms-experiment). 

By lowering the temperature of an ultracold gas of 87Rb and 41K atoms, a novel state of matter known as a Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC) is produced. These atoms will be then loaded into a configurable optical lattice created through the interference of several optical beams. We will use this system to study transport phenomena, phase transition dynamics, and thermalisation of quantum systems - all promising areas of active research.

This experimental project will allow for the development of diverse and transferable skills, including electronic and optical design, experimental system design and implementation, software design, and data analysis. This project will also allow for attendance of related international workshops and conferences.  There will also be the opportunity to interact with other projects within EQuS, as well as the theoretical quantum atom optics group at the University of Queensland (http://www.physics.uq.edu.au/BEC/)

The remuneration for this position begins at $24,653 p.a. tax free, and indexed annually.  A priority top-up scholarship of $5000 is available for exceptional candidates.