This early stage training network will provide doctoral training in the field of quantum computing and communication as well as in a variety of related quantum technologies. Research projects will be provided by leading UK research groups which collaborate via the nationwide Quantum Information Processing Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (QIPIRC). Via the QIPIRC research is focussed on converting qubits between different physical systems like e.g. transferring photonic qubits into quantum dot qubits. The implementation of such basic quantum information processing tasks in physical systems like linear and nonlinear quantum optical systems, trapped neutral atoms and ions, semiconductor quantum dots and molecules inside carbon nanotubes greatly benefits from combining the strengths of physics groups in controlling the dynamics of quantum systems and the expertise of the material science groups in characterizing and modelling complex materials.
The network will be embedded into the QIPIRC and several short term research projects and five full three year doctoral studentships will be offered. Short term studentships will be aimed at doctoral students in their second and third year. These students will immediately be fully integrated into current research activities of the QIPIRC and be working on projects which are related to their main area of study and will also be aimed at broadening the scope of their research. Furthermore they will have access to all skills training and postgraduate training courses.
The three year students will undergo well structured research training where the first year includes postgraduate lectures, course work, skills training, careful planning of the research project, a research talk, and an oral viva. The second and third years concentrate on carrying out the research project, writing scientific publications in international refereed journals, giving presentations at conferences, further skills training and preparing the thesis.
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