Postgraduate research opportunities

Ultracold fermions in a quantum gas microscope

We invite outstanding and motivated students to join our team, for research on ultracold atoms in optical lattices. We use a quantum-gas microscope to measure the dynamics of ultracold fermions at the single atom level.

Number of places



Home fee, Stipend


7 March 2018



MSc/Diploma in Experimental Physics


Scholarships (fees and stipend) available on a competitive basis for UK/EU students, please contact supervisor for details.

Project Details

Atomic gases at temperatures close to absolute zero give the unique opportunity to study quantum many-body phenomena in the laboratory under controlled conditions.

In our team, a quantum-gas microscope which allows us to image fermionic potassium trapped in a 3D optical lattice atom by atom, lattice site by lattice site, opens the path to the study of strongly correlated fermionic quantum systems in optical lattices with unprecedented insight into their local properties.

We invite motivated and talented candidates to join our team. The joining PhD student(s) will work on our setup, where we produce degenerate Fermi gases in an optical lattice, which are imaged with a high-resolution microscope. Our goal is to study the complex phenomena that arise in strongly correlated quantum systems, and their impact on e.g. the atomic gas statistics, or dynamics, realising a quantum simulation of condensed-matter models.

This entails daily work on a complex cold-atom experiment, and a sound grasp of the fundamentals of quantum physics and optics is recommended.
The team is part of the University of Strathclyde Department of Physics, located in the heart of Glasgow, a vibrant city with a lively art scene, at the edge of the Scottish Highlands.

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