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Electro-optical devices for quantum computing technologies

PhD - Leuven | More than two weeks ago

An application-oriented research exploration on how electrically controlled optics might help to enable emerging quantum technologies.


What is limiting the upscaling of current quantum computing technologies? One might correctly point out to the maturity of the qubit and that this is a question that needs to be answered specifically for each individually quantum computer technology ranging from superconducting qubits over ion trapping to optical quantum computing. A well-functioning electro-optic device technology will be key to each of those quantum computing technologies. For example, the optical readout of superconducting quantum computer requires a single photon level up-conversion from the RF-domain to the optical domain.  Or optical and ion quantum computing require highly efficient EO-devices for entangling or routing photons via an electrically controlled high-speed optical switching network.

In this PhD, we will explore novel approaches to realize electro-optical devices and test their feasibility to enable the various quantum technologies. At the core of this investigations is the evaluation of novel electro-optical materials and how to integrate those into your new cryogenic device ideas.

The research environment provides a unique opportunities for your personal and professional development by exploring academic research within IMEC - an organization that has a strong drive to enable fundamental research to solve society ’s challenges.

Required background: Masters in Physics, Electrical Engineering or Nanotechnology - Experience in Photonics and/or Superconducting Circuits/Qubits is an asset. - Experience in Nanotechnology fabrication is an asset.


Type of work: 60% Experiments (Technology & Characterization), 20% Theory, 20% Modeling

Supervisor: Dries Van Thourhout

Co-supervisor: Christian Haffner

Daily advisor: Christian Haffner

The reference code for this position is 2022-021. Mention this reference code on your application form.