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Locality from dynamics

All fundamental interactions known in nature are local: only close-by systems can interact. But where does the very notion of closeness come from? Ultimately, we only learn about spatial relations through physical systems, it should thus be possible to understand the locality...

Honours Project Dr Fabio Costa
Quantum Information on indefinite causal structure

Quantum information has developed in the last decades into a broad field, offering several promising applications for future technology and deep insights into the foundations of physics. Very recently, first steps have been made in the direction of theoretically characterising and experimentally...

PhD Project
Honours Project
Dr Fabio Costa
SRS-27/17 Quantum Technology Lab - Machine learning and automated alignment in quantum photonics

Duration:  6-8 weeks

Contact for further information:  Email andrew.white@uq.edu.au; phone +61 7 335 57902 or +61 7 336 53415.

Summer Project
SRS-26/17 Quantum Technology Lab - Measurement of the reality of the quantum wave function

Duration:  6-8 weeks

Contact for further information:  Email andrew.white@uq.edu.au; phone +61 7 336 57902 or +61 7 336 53415.

Summer Project Ms Janet Seddon
SRS-25/17 Quantum Technology Lab - Quantum optical measurements of sonoluminescence

Duration:  6-8 weeks

Contact for further information:  Email andrew.white@uq.edu.au or phone +61 7 336 57902 or +61 7 336 53415.

Summer Project Ms Janet Seddon
SRS-21/17 Quantum card games

Suitable for:  Students with an interest in quantum physics.

Project:  Classical information is represented as bits in a string of 0s and 1s.  In quantum mechanics, anything in between is possible - you can have superpositions of 0s and 1s...

Summer Project Ms Janet Seddon
SRS-20/17 Design of organic solar cells and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs)

Suitable for:  Advanced undergraduates, with strong physics or chemistry background.

Project:  To head off the threat to the planet posed by climate change we need to develop radical new technologies that change the way we generate and use...

Summer Project Ms Janet Seddon
SRS-19/17 Quantum many-body theory of organic superconductors

Suitable for:  Advanced undergraduates, with strong physics background.

Project:  High temperature superconductivity is one of the great unsolved problems in physics.  In order to understand it we must solve the Schrodinger equation for ~...

Summer Project Ms Janet Seddon
SRS-18/17 Splitting the electron in a spin liquid

Suitable for:  Advanced undegraduates, with strong physics background.

Project:  Spin liquids are exotic phases of matter where quantum fluctuations suppress classical long-range order.  They are of particular interest because they may...

Summer Project Ms Janet Seddon
SRS-17/17 Demonstrating the Jarzynski equality in a superfluid

Suitable for:  Students with an interest in computational science and theoretical quantum physics.  Students should have completed at least two years of physics study, and be familiar with quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and preferably statistical mechanics.

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Summer Project Ms Janet Seddon
SRS-13/17 Quantum properties of molecular crystals

Suitable for:  Second or third year students interested in theoretical and computational quantum physics; some experience with Linux helpful but not essential.

Project:  Molecular crystals often have strange electronic and magnetic properties;...

Summer Project Ms Janet Seddon
SRS-12/17 Physics models of higher-order interactions in plant communities

Suitable for:  Students interested in theoretical and computational quantum physics.

Project:  This project aims to use the methods of statistical physics to help understand the equilibrium and dynamics and of interacting plant communities (with...

Summer Project Ms Janet Seddon
SRS-11/17 Pairing phase of the attractive Bose gas

Suitable for:  Students interested in theoretical and computational quantum physics.

Project:  In the 1970s there was speculation that the cause of superfluidity in helium-4 was not due to Bose-Einstein condensation, but a form of Cooper pairing...

Summer Project Ms Janet Seddon
SRS-10/17 Superfluidity under a quench of interaction strength in a persistent current

Suitable for:  Students interested in theoretical and computational quantum physics.

Project:  One of the key insights of Landau was to derive a phenomenological formula for the critical velocity in a superfluid.  In a Bose gas this is...

Summer Project Ms Janet Seddon
SRS-09/17 Nonequilibrium superfluid flows

Suitable for:  Students interested in theoretical and computational quantum physics. 

Project:  The aim of this project is to make a connection between classical mechanics and quantum mechanics - looking for the signatures of classical...

Summer Project Ms Janet Seddon
Gravitational Quantum Physics

The regime where general...

PhD Project
Honours Project
Dr Magdalena Zych
Superfluidity in a trapped Bose-Einstein condensate with an oscillating barrier

Floquet theory finds solutions to Hamiltonian systems that are periodic in time.  They are easy to find via ...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Matthew Davis
Finite temperature Josephson junctions

When two superfluids are connected by a weak link, they exhibit the Josephson effect – oscillations in the current between the two fluids.  This project would...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Matthew Davis
Nonequilibrium superfluid flows

See Mason, D. J., Borunda, M. F., & Heller, E. J. (2015). Revealing the flux: Using processed Husimi maps to visualize dynamics of bound systems and...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Matthew Davis
Tensor Network / Matrix Product State methods for computational quantum many-body problems

Tensor Networks provide a representation of a quantum many-body wave-function (or a classical partition function) that is suitable for computational methods, mainly for low-dimensional problems (1D and 2D). The most mature branch of tensor networks is known as Matrix Product States (MPS), also...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Ian McCulloch
Honours/Master project: Real time measurement of BEC position and moments

Exisiting at temperatures near absolute zero,...

Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Tyler Neely
Active magnetic field cancelling

Our planned production of spinor condensates will require careful control of external magnetic fields. In an effort to do this, we will be...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Tyler Neely
Destructive/non-destructive darkground imaging of BECs and lattice physics

This project will centre on implementing and characterising the darkground imaging...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Tyler Neely
Sculpting the BEC wavefunction - Experiment

Our lab has recently demonstrated the ability to control the density of an 87Rb BEC on a...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Dr Tyler Neely
Macroscopic entanglement and Bell inequality tests with ultra-cold atoms

PhD, Masters, Honours, and Summer projects are available in the area of fundamental tests of quantum mechanics in macroscopic regimes. The project addresses an open fundamental question in physics of how quantum mechanics applies to systems...

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Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Associate Professor Karen Kheruntsyan
Stochastic quantum hydrodynamics: a new theoretical approach to nonequilibrium dynamics of quantum many-body systems

The project aims to develop a new theoretical approach - stochastic quantum hydrodynamics - to understand one of the grand challenges of physics: how do complex, many-particle systems evolve in the quantum realm when driven far from equilibrium? Understanding the out-of-equilibrium of such...

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Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Associate Professor Karen Kheruntsyan
Simulating superradiance

Superradiance occurs when several emitters emit radiation in phase, causing the emission to occur much faster than it would if each emitter was independent. This project is about simulating...

Honours Project Dr Ivan Kassal
Quantum many-body theory of organic superconductors

High temperature superconductivity is one of the great unsolved problems in physics. In order to understand it we must solve the Schrodinger equation for ~1023 electrons that are interacting strongly with one...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Ben Powell
Universal ratios in condensed matter
Ratios have provided fundamental new insights many phenomena. Ratios that take the same value in almost all situations are particularly useful as when they deviate from their usual value it is a clear signature that something interesting is happening. The...
PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Ben Powell
Splitting the electron in a spin liquid

Spin liquids are exotic phases of mater where quantum fluctuations suppress classical long-range order. They are of particular interest because they may support deconfined ...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Ben Powell
Atomtronic devices for fundamental tests of quantum mechanics

 

Unlike electronics, devices based around ultra-cold atoms aren’t strongly coupled to the environment through the electromagnetic interaction, so make an ideal test-bed for tests of coherent...

PhD Project
Honours Project
Dr Simon Haine
Quantum enhancement of light harvesting in sunlight

Photosynthetic organisms harvest light through large antenna complexes containing many chlorophyll molecules. Recent experiments have found that energy may be transported through antenna...

PhD Project
Honours Project
Dr Ivan Kassal
Developing the next generation of photon sources for quantum photonics.

 

The major roadblock for optical quantum information technologies is the absence of reliable single- and entangled- photons sources. The standard technique to generate such states employ the photons...

PhD Project
Honours Project
Dr Marcelo De Almeida
Robust narrow-band single photon source

Hybrid quantum technologies seek to alleviate the short commings of two individual quantum architectures by moving the information between the two systems. Commonly one seeks to exploit the excellent readout and storage capabilities of...

PhD Project
Honours Project
Dr Till Weinhold
Hybrid Quantumoptics - Storing and interacting photons in atoms.

Quantum communication is already the first commercial application of quantum technology allowing the secure sharing of secrets over a dedicated channel. However the achievable distances are limited due to the inability to build efficient quantum repeaters —systems that teleport the quantum...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Dr Till Weinhold
Photon-photon interactions mediated by integrated micro-resonators

Photons are one of the strongest candidates to implement scalable quantum computing and simulation architectures [1]. They are ideal for the distribution of quantum information and can be readily manipulated using a wealth of existing telecommunications technologies. However, the primary...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Dr Till Weinhold
Quantum control and measurement of superconducting quantum circuits

A number of Honors and Summer projects are available in the Quantum Device Laboratory, The University of Queensland. The student will have unique...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Arkady Fedorov
Quantum phenomena with superconducting quantum circuits

A number of Master and PhD studentships are available in the Quantum Device Laboratory, The University of Queensland in the area of superconducting quantum circuits. The laboratory aims at developing the next generation of superconducting nanodevices consisting of superconducting qubits or...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Dr Arkady Fedorov
Building the World’s best Thermometer in a Small Glass Tube.

Over the last 3 years we have been developing a theory to understand the ...

Honours Project Associate Professor Tom Stace
Quantum Error Correction.

When building a quantum computer, or other quantum processing device, it is important to be able recover from errors that may arise.  This is accomplished using error correcting codes, which redundantly encode quantum information in...

Honours Project Associate Professor Tom Stace
Non-Markovian Quantum dynamics.

 

Many quantum systems interact with their environment, which destroys some of the peculiarities that quantum mechanics is known for, such as entanglement.   One of the common ways to...
Honours Project Associate Professor Tom Stace
Relativistic Quantum Information

Our two most fundamental theories of the universe are general relativity and quantum mechanics. Both work extremely well in predicting and quantifying phenomena in their respective regimes of application, but at a deep level the two theories are incompatible. Relativistic Quantum Information...

PhD Project
Honours Project
Professor Tim Ralph
Quantum Communication

Communications based on exchanging quantum particles such as photons can achieve outcomes that are impossible with classical communication systems. For example quantum key distribution (QKD) can achieve unconditionally secure communication. Because of the fragility of quantum particles, special...

PhD Project
Honours Project
Professor Tim Ralph
Quantum Computation

Quantum Computers promise major speed-ups in computation times for certain problems. Building a large-scale, universal quantum computer is a major practical challenge and still seems a long way off. However, recent results suggest that single-purpose quantum computers are far more practical in...

PhD Project
Honours Project
Professor Tim Ralph
Thermodynamics in the microcanonical ensemble

Some recent developments in statistical mechanics have come up with new geometric interpretations of thermodynamic quantities.  This project would look at applying these ideas to the Bose gas.  In particular, it would be to analytically incorporate additional conserved quantities into...

Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Matthew Davis
Nonequilibrium superfluidity in polariton condensates

Polariton condensates occur in two-dimensional semiconductor microcavities pumped by a laser.  The light excites electrons from the valence band to the conduction band,...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Matthew Davis
Pairing phase of the degenerate Bose gas

In the 1970s there was speculation that the cause of superfluidity in helium-4 was not due to Bose-Einstein condensation, but a form of Cooper pairing between attractive bosons,...

Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Matthew Davis
Thermalisation of a spin-1 Bose gas in a double well

This project simulates the quantum dynamics of a “spin-1” Bose gas in a double well potential.  A spin-1 gas has three spin components, which can interconvert due to spin-collisions (...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Matthew Davis
EQuS - Quantum Emulation with Neutral Atoms - Experiment

 

"And therefore, the problem is, how can we simulate the quantum mechanics?...We can give up on our rule about what the computer was, we can say: Let the computer itself be built of quantum mechanical elements which obey quantum mechanical laws. ...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Tyler Neely
Fermionic matterwaves for precision interferometry

This theoretical project uses fermionic matterwaves to increase the sensitivity of atom interferometers for precision measurement. The focus on...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Joel Corney
High-precision fundamental atomic, molecular and optical physics

This project is aimed at a theoretical and computational exploration of atoms and how they tick.  With recent atomic physics experiments being able to measure towards accuracies of 1 part in 1018, they require high-...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Michael Bromley
Design of quantum measurement devices using cold atoms in exotic geometries

This project is aimed at a theoretical and computational exploration of the quantum-atom optics of ultracold matter.  The goal is to design and characterise novel high-...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Michael Bromley
Quantum-Tomographic Approaches to the Interpretation of Semi-Empirical Quantum Chemistry Models

 

Modelling the behavior of correlated electrons in finite systems is at the heart of theoretical chemistry.  Many sophisticated techniques have been...

PhD Project Dr Seth Olsen
An Information-Theoretic Approach to Nonadiabatic Quantum Molecular Dynamics

 

This project involves using minimal physical Hamiltonian models to study the flow of energy and information associated with the dynamical breakdown of the Born...

PhD Project Dr Seth Olsen
Nonequiilbrium flows and superfluid turbulence in dilute gas Bose-Einstein condensates

Dilute gas Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) were experimentally observed for the first time in 1995, more than seventy years after their initial proposal by Einstein.  Like helium-4 below the lambda point, they exhibit the defining...

PhD Project
Honours Project
Professor Matthew Davis
Emergent physics in quantum transport in ultracold atomic gases

The project seeks to understand an open fundamental problem in physics: How do complex microscopic interactions in many-particle systems lead to the emergence of a qualitatively new behavior and to the formation of new states of quantum matter. We will investigate this problem in the context of...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Associate Professor Karen Kheruntsyan
Entanglement and Statistics Transfer in non-Gaussian Continuous-Variable Systems

A non-Gaussian system is one for which the outputs do not obey Gaussian statistics. In the continuous-variable regime, this normally means a nonlinearity of higher than second order in the interaction Hamiltonian. Well known systems meeting this criterion are trapped Bose-Einstein condensates...

PhD Project Dr Murray Olsen
Neutral atom quantum processor by time-averaged optical dipole potential (Experiment/theory)

For quantum computing and simulation using neutral atoms trapped in a lattice one needs a physically scalable system that can facilitate single qubit initialization, gate and entanglement operations and state selective read-out.  The...

Honours Project Dr Mark Baker
Bose-Einstein condensates in time-averaged optical toroidal potentials (experimental)

Since the first experimental realization of a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC), many of its properties have been thoroughly investigated. Superfluidity is one of the properties of a...

Honours Project Dr Mark Baker
Monte-Carlo algorithm for sampling the thermodynamic properties of the 1D Bose gas at finite temperature

The stochastic Gross-Pitaevskii formalism can sample the grand-canonical ensemble for the interacting Bose gas by assuming the ergodic hypothesis that time evolution fairly...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Matthew Davis
Research projects in Engineered Quantum Systems

Taking advantage of the subtleties of quantum mechanics to do useful tasks is one of the keys to future technological advances.  In the Centre for Engineered Quantum systems, we are developing theory and experiment to identify promising systems to that end.  For instance, recent...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Associate Professor Tom Stace
Quantum Entanglement in Atom Lasers

An atom laser is a device that spits out atoms in the same way that an optical laser spits out light: That is, it creates an atomic matterwave with a well defined wavelength, amplitude and phase. Such a system is interesting for...

PhD Project
Honours Project
Dr Simon Haine
Quantum-Enhanced Atom Interferometry

An atom interferometer is a device that utilizes the quantum wave-like nature of atoms to make extremely sensitive measurements of quantities such as rotations and accelerations. This...

PhD Project
Honours Project
Dr Simon Haine
Quantum thermalisation

How do isolated quantum systems thermalise?  Isolated quantum systems undergo unitary evolution which preserves the entropy.  However, at the level of statistical mechanics, any disturbance will lead to an increase in entropy...

PhD Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Matthew Davis
Precision Measurement with ultracold atoms in a double-well potential

Bose-Einstein condensates in a double-well potentials have been used as a relatively simple system in which to study the quantum many-body physics of ultracold atoms, in particular the interplay of quantum...

Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Joel Corney
Quantum Squeezing in Photonic Crystal Fibres

The propagation of ultrashort pulses of light in optical fibre has proved to be a very efficient method of 'squeezing' the quantum properties of light. Squeezing means the...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Joel Corney
Photonics, quantum optics, and quantum opto-mechanics with integrated optical microresonators

A PhD projects are available within the Queensland Quantum Optics Laboratory in the areas of photonics, quantum optics, and quantum opto-mechanics. The lab aims to answer fundamental questions in quantum physics, and develop proof-of-principle applications in sensing and metrology. The key...

PhD Project Professor Warwick Bowen