/Quantum sensing - The ultimate frontier

Quantum sensing - The ultimate frontier

PhD - Leuven | More than two weeks ago

A novel sensing platform based on wafer-level integrated photonics, to enable novel frontiers in sensing for health, defense, industrial and automotive applications.

Technology approaches for inertial sensor, timing devices, physical sensors, ... can be seen as stagnating. MEMS technologies in strong development for about 2 decades have arguably reached a plateau of performance that does not promise any further improvement.

New approaches are required to further improve submarine / airborne / land drone navigation and break the current status quo trade-off in size, power consumption, performance. In particular, novel approaches emerge that are self-calibrated, referring their measurands to physical constants for drift compensation for example.

Further, emerging health applications, e.g. in the family of spatial proteomics, suffer from the current absence of leading technologies to enable high spatial resolution local MRI that would take advantage of atomic magnetometry.

Novel techniques of atomic / quantum sensing have been in development in the past decades that have demonstrated exceptional performance in lab settings. Imec researchers have experience at the forefront of some of these developments.

We look for a strong candidate to join our teams and develop a demonstration platform for quantum sensing. To that purpose, we offer access to our state-of-the art quantum computing, integrated photonics and nano-optics platforms. These are seen as a strong basis for the development of high sensitivity, high spatial resolution, self-references sensing systems for health or inertial applications.

Required background: Physics, nano-engineering

Type of work: 50% modeling/simulations, 40% experimental, 10% literature

Supervisor: Kristiaan De Greve

Co-supervisor: Xavier Rottenberg

Daily advisor: Pol Van Dorpe

The reference code for this position is 2024-147. Mention this reference code on your application form.

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