Location: Highfield Campus Salary: £28,331 per annum Full Time Fixed Term (until 02/10/2020) Closing Date: Monday 28 October 2019 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: 1189619WF
Recently, we proposed polariton lattices as a new platform for analogue simulation. Polariton lattices benefit by the continuous optical readout of the phase, energy, momentum and spin of the individual polariton vertices, the strong inter-particle interactions −mediated through the exciton component−, room temperature operation −with appropriate choice of materials−, and even the potential for electrical injection utilizing well-developed semiconductor technologies.
In this project, we will investigate experimentally the quantum speed-up of polariton simulators in realising the ground state of the XY Hamiltonian. Whereas for a classical simulator the time it takes to find the global minimum of the cost function of the problem increases exponentially with the number of degrees of freedom of the system, in a quantum simulator there is a polynomial increase of the time. Unravelling the mechanism of quantum speed-up is at the core of the fundamental physics underpinning polariton simulators.
As you will be providing technical support in the maintenance of lasers and spectroscopic apparatus, it is essential that you have a HNC, A-Level, NVQ3 with proven work experience or equivalent relevant experience within a technical role. You will also have experience with optical spectroscopies, z-scan method, non-degenerate pump-probe, computer assisted instrumentation and automisation, electronics and optics. Demonstrable experience of accurately analysing and interpreting complex data as you will carry out tests and analyse and evaluate results.
You will join a strong international team of students, postdoctoral and academic staff working together on many aspects of cutting-edge research in polaritonics and quantum simulation.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 2nd October 2020 in the first instance with a tentative starting date the 1st of December 2019, and a salary of £27,830 per annum.
Interested candidates should contact Prof Pavlos Lagoudakis ( [email protected] ) for further information.
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