Postgraduate research project

Quantum Sensor Network

Fully funded (UK and international)
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree View full entry requirements
Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

The University of Southampton is expanding its PhD research in the area of Quantum Technology Engineering. In addition to the research project outlined below you will receive substantial training in scientific, technical, and commercial skills.
Quantum information technology is transforming the landscape of information gathering, encoding, manipulation, transmission, and storage. Photons, among the diverse quantum information carriers, exhibit resilience at room temperature, compatibility with existing communication and sensing infrastructure, and the presence of optical devices.
The field of photonic quantum information technology has unlocked a range of capabilities in communication, sensing, and computing that surpass the potential of classical technology. Leveraging entanglement-based quantum information technology in applications such as sensing, imaging, spectroscopy, data processing, and communication offers a significantly enhanced signal-to-noise ratio compared to classical approaches. Harnessing the quantum phenomenon of entanglement, which enables the connection of photons across the universe, enhances the accuracy and speed of sensors in detecting motion, gravity, and magnetic fields.
This PhD project will focus on developing an entangled quantum sensor network based on nanomechanical devices for force and displacement sensing at the nanoscale.
In this project You will:
  • design, develop, and prototype nanomechanical sensors interact with quantum state of light
  • conduct research that aims to detect force and displacement using nanomechanical sensors and quantum sensor network
  • collaborate with a team of world-class researchers and engineers
  • present your findings in leading journals and at international conferences