02 Dec 2020



AION - Towards Atom Interferometry with Ultracold Strontium Atoms for the detection of Dark Matter and Gravitational Waves


Co-supervisors: RAL - P. Majewski, T. Valenzuela, University of Birmingham - Prof K. Bongs

In the recent years, the push in the development of quantum technologies is opening the door to the development of inertial sensors capable of the sensitivities required to detect minute mass fluctuations or perturbations in the space-time fabric allowing to the detection of Dark Mater and Gravitational Waves.

In the frame of the studentship, a PhD candidate will work in the development of a state-of-the-art Cold Atoms Laboratory for the achievement of an atom interferometer using Strontium Atoms. The work of the student will be focused on the optimization of the loading rates and ultimate temperature of the trapped atom cloud and the implementation of large momentum transfer interferometer protocols. The work will be performed in collaboration with the academic supervisor’s group at the University of Birmingham, where the candidate will spend the first part of his/her PhD.

The scholarship covers student's stipend and fees at a level required from 'home' students. International students will need to have additional funding to cover full fees at the international level.

Contact: Majewski, Pawel (STFC,RAL,PPD)