PhD in Quantum Optics of Giant Rydberg Excitons in Cuprous Oxide

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    Cardiff University
    United Kingdom
    Formal sciences
    Natural sciences


The aim of this PhD project is to investigate the quantum optical properties of this unique material and explore its potential to be exploited for quantum technologies. The student will join a well-funded medium-sized research group including two postdoctoral researchers and 5 PhD students. They will be trained in the use of a range of advanced spectroscopic characterisation tools, including ultrafast lasers and time-resolved transient FT-IR. They will also be trained in the latest cryogenic techniques, and additional materials characterisation tools including scanning-electron microscopy (SEM), confocal microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. It is likely that the student will be required to spend some time abroad working with our international collaborators.

What is funded

Tuition fee support: Full UK/EU tuition fees

Maintenance stipend: Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum


You should have obtained, or be about to obtain a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree in Physics , or a related subject, Alternatively, applicants with equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK will also be considered. Applicants with a Lower Second Class degree will be considered if they also have a Master’s degree.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS)

How to Apply

Applicants should apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Physics and Astronomy with a start date of 1st October 2020:


In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project. If you are applying for more than one project, please list the individual titles of the projects in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select ’I will be applying for a scholarship/grant’ and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from Cardiff University: Quantum Optics of Giant Rydberg Excitons in Cuprous Oxide.

Applicants will need to submit the following documents with their application:

- post high school certificates and transcripts to date

- academic CV

- personal statement

- two academic references. Your references can either be uploaded with your application, or emailed by the referee to physics-admissions@cardiff.ac.uk or admissions@cardiff.ac.uk


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