Solid-state atomic clocks
Atomic clocks are very accurate but very large and resource hungry. This project aims to make a prototype for a semiconductor version, and make predictions about how small and cheap they might become.
Duration3 years. Planned start date 1st December (earlier start date possible).
This studentship covers home/EU fees with a stipend of £15,009 per annum.
Funding sourceDefence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
The atomic clock is a mature quantum technology that provides sophisticated but large and resource-hungry frequency standards with remarkable levels of precision and accuracy. The idea is that a clock based on an oscillator and counter (like a pendulum and the hands on the clock-face) must be “disciplined” by periodically checking against a natural phenomenon (like the midday sun). The benefit of the free atom in a vacuum as the natural standard against which to discipline the frequency of a quartz oscillator is that the atomic frequency is independent of time and position, and the hyperfine transitions for alkali vapours are extremely regular and sharply defined. The aim of the project is to make a prototype for a semiconductor version, and make predictions about how small and cheap they could become.
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You should have (or expect to obtain) a first class or 2:1 degree. You must be from the UK or EU to be considered.
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score (from the past 2 years), of 6.5 overall with 6.0 minimum in each band.
How to apply
Applications for this studentship are now closed.