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.
Start date
1 October 2019
Duration
35 months
Application deadline
Funding information

This studentship covers home/EU fees with a stipend of £15,009 per annum.

About

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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Eligibility criteria

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

To apply for this studentship, you must first apply to our Advanced Technology Institute PhD. In your application you must reference this studentship to be considered.

Advanced Technology Institute PhD


Application deadline

Contact details

Ben Murdin
15 ATI 01
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 689328
E-mail: B.Murdin@surrey.ac.uk

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