One or more fully-funded PhD positions are available in the Quantum Theory group in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. We are looking for a motivated student interested in working in quantum optics or quantum information theory.
Quantum information theory is concerned with the encoding, storage, and processing of information in the states of quantum systems. The ways in which we can manipulate such information are governed by the laws of quantum rather than classical physics, and thinking about information in this way promises new and exciting capabilities: the security of quantum cryptographic systems rests only on the laws of quantum physics, while quantum computers promise the power to tackle problems currently intractable on the world's most powerful supercomputers. On a more fundamental level, studying the information processing capabilities of quantum systems gives some insight into how quantum physics differs from classical physics. This is an interdisciplinary field of research which has seen much interest in recent years from mathemeticians and computer scientists as well as theoretical and experimental physicists.
Research interests in our group cover a broad range of topics in quantum optics and quantum information, and the successful candidate will be part of a varied and vibrant research environment. In quantum information our interests lie in quantum measurement, quantum communications and cryptography, and in particular in optical implementations of quantum information. A particular strength of our group is in working closely with experimentalists.
We are looking for candidates interested in working on theoretical aspects of quantum information, potentially with a view to experimental implementations. A suitable applicant will have a 1st class undergraduate physics degree or equivalent and will be capable of working alone or as part of a team.