Dodd-Walls Centre

Quantum Manipulation and Information, Ph.D.


The Quantum Manipulation and Information is offered by the Dodd-Walls Centre.

The Centre's research is conducted under four main themes divided between Photonic and Quantum Technologies.

The quantum technologies theme focuses on the control and manipulation of quantum states of matter using light; for example, through laser cooling to create ultra-cold gases and quantum fluids, or through the use of optical tweezers to manipulate individual atoms.

Quantum Manipulation and Information (QMI)

As electronic and optical devices shrink, some form of individual quantum system manipulation is the inevitable technology of the future. We now have the ability to manipulate, not only atoms, but also artificial atoms (quantum dots and superconducting qubits) and micro and nanomechanical oscillators, all of it with light. We can in principle synthesize simple molecules, and control on this level is used to create qubits – the quantum mechanical analogue of the ubiquitous computer “bit”. Narrow linewidth interrogation of single rare earth ion dopants is another example of individual quantum system manipulation that can be applied to quantum information processing. This links to Acousto-Optical Tomography under Sensing and Imaging.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Making microwaves visible (experimental)
  • Cavity QED experiments with optical nano fibres
  • Measurements conditioned dynamics: monitored quantum jumps do not “jump”
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English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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Academic Requirements

To apply for a postgraduate scholarship, choose a potential supervisor from our list of DWC researchers or the list of specific projects below, and contact the researcher by e-mail, providing a CV and academic transcript and names of two referees.

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