Light-matter interaction is a hot topic in photonics nowadays: controlling and understanding the behavior of an excited atom or quantum dot close to a nanostructure or a metal nanoparticle is under extensive research. Indeed, to cite only a few applications, this discipline promises improved nanoscale imaging, better detectors, efficient entangled photon sources for quantum computers, and efficient water splitting for a greener future. However, the study of advanced nanostructures is hampered by a lack of efficient numerical and theoretical methods. In this project, the PhD candidate will implement novel modeling methods for higher order photonic transitions, beyond the standard dipolar approach, which is relevant for the current nanocavities with highly confined light. Subsequently, the candidate will apply this framework for innovative structures, with an eye towards new physical effects and applications.
- The candidate should hold an MSc in physics, nanophysics, photonics, materials science, engineering physics (or similar/equivalent).
- Experience in numerical simulations of photonics or electromagnetism is an advantage.
- Experience in quantum electrodynamics (QED) is an advantage.
- You have a good knowledge of English.
- You are a dynamic and enthusiastic team player.
- You have problem solving skills and are motivated to do PhD research.
This research is carried out in the context of a 4-year project, with the possibility of one or more research stays abroad. The task of the PhD candidate is mainly theoretical and numerical: designing, understanding and evaluating structures, in collaboration with experimental partners.
You are expected to carry out both independent and joint research, and to disseminate research findings via publications in international peer-reviewed journals and to participate in conferences.