Minimum 2:1 in physics or related subject
Months of entry
Our research focuses on the study of interactions between cold Rydberg atoms. The main motivation is the understanding of interacting many-body dynamics and multi-particle entanglement. Strongly interacting cold atoms have applications in Quantum technologies, and we have ongoing projects on DQC1 – deterministic quantum computation with one clean qubit – (computation based on mixed-states) and we will soon start feasibility studies on the potential implementation of quantum enhanced sensing based on cold atoms in microscopic dipole traps. Rydberg-Rydberg interactions can be also applied to the simulation of condensed matter systems where electron-phonon interactions are of particular importance. Such systems are not amenable to simulation by classical computers, but promising advances in cold-atoms quantum simulators may provide a pathway to better understanding of, for example, exotic superconductors in which the electron-phonon interaction plays a key role.
We welcome enquiries from prospective students in the following areas:
- Controlled Raman rotations on a mixed (or not) mesoscopic ensemble, using a scheme based on Rydberg Rydberg interactions and electromagnetically induced transparency to demonstrate controlled rotation of the qubits in a partially mixed ensemble.
Projects currently on offer may be found here.
- Experimental implementation of DQC1 “testing the power of discord”
Fees and funding
Please see The Open University website
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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