This postdoc project is part of the national program on Quantum Acoustics (QUAKE). In this program, we plan to explore the new field of quantum acoustics, an analogue of quantum optics and circuit quantum electrodynamics, based on acoustic waves at the nanoscale. Quantum acoustics involves the creation and manipulation of quantum states of sound in solid state systems and its interaction with other quantum systems, opening up a new frontier in quantum physics. Compared to photons, phonons propagate at velocities that are slower by several (~5) orders of magnitude, can achieve significantly stronger coupling to other quantum systems, and experience much stronger nonlinearities in their mutual interaction. As some examples of the concrete outcomes of QUAKE, we foresee the creation of non-classical states of massive mechanical waves, and the coupling of heterogeneous quantum systems via high-frequency quantum acoustic channels.
In this postdoc project, the focus will be on coupling surface acoustic waves (SAWs) to silicon spin quantum bits. We will exploit the unique properties of quantum acoustic excitations to probe quantum physics in a new physical realm and develop fundamentally new technologies.
Information and application
Are you interested in this position? Please send your application via the 'Apply now' button below until 31-12-2022, and include:
- CV (resume)
- A motivation letter
- List of publications
- Copy of PhD certificate
For more information regarding this position, you are welcome to contact Prof. Wilfred G. van der Wiel, via email@example.com
About the department
The NanoElectronics Group (NE) performs research and provides education in the field of nanoelectronics, comprising the study of the electronic and magnetic properties of systems with critical dimensions in the nanoregime. It is our mission to excel in the field of nanoelectronics through the development of novel (concepts for) electronic devices and systems with nanoscale dimensions for application in future generations of electronics and information storage. In particular, we focus on neuromorphic electronics, quantum (spin) electronics, 2D electronic systems and acousto-electronics.
NE is embedded in the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. MESA+ is one of the largest nanotechnology research institutes in the world, delivering competitive and successful high-quality research. It uses a unique structure, which unites scientific disciplines, and builds fruitful international cooperation to excel in science and education. The institute employs 500 people of which 275 are PhD’s or PostDocs. With its brand new NanoLab facilities the institute holds 1250 m2 of cleanroom space and state-of-the-art research equipment. MESA+ has an internationally appealing and multidisciplinary approach by combining physics, electrical engineering, chemistry, materials science and mathematics.
About the organization
The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) uses mathematics, electronics and computer technology to contribute to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). With ICT present in almost every device and product we use nowadays, we embrace our role as contributors to a broad range of societal activities and as pioneers of tomorrow's digital society. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.