Quantum optics in curved space


Contact Dr Robert Purdy and Dr Almut Beige to discuss this project further informally

Project description

Recently, our group has developed a novel gauge-independent approach to quantizing the electromagnetic field in free space [1]. This approach has already enabled us to revisit field quantisation in non-trivial situations: for example, in the presence of boundary conditions for application in quantum sensing [2]. The aim of this PhD project is to build on our current expertise on the quantisation of the electromagnetic field to improve our understanding of quantum optics in relativistic scenarios [3]. We plan to use electric and magnetic field quantum observables, which reflect the rich dynamics of the electromagnetic field in curved space, to obtain new insight into fundamental physics and to pave the way for novel approaches to quantum information processing with photonic systems.

[1] A physically-motivated quantisation of the electromagnetic field, R. Bennett, T. M. Barlow, and A. Beige, Eur. J. Phys. 37, 014001 (2016).
[2] Quantising the electromagnetic field near semi-transparent mirrors, N. Furtak-Wells, L. A. Clark, R. Purdy and A. Beige. arXiv:1704.02898.
[3] Covariant gauge-independent EM field quantisation, B. Maybee, MPhys thesis supervised by A. Beige and R. Purdy (2017)

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with, or expecting, a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1) in a relevant discipline, a Master's degree in a relevant discipline, or both.

How to apply

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is 'Quantum optics in curved space' as well as Dr Robert Purdy as your proposed supervisor.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates.  All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office
e: physics.pg.admissions@leeds.ac.uk