Available student project - Discovering quantum defects in diamond and related materials

Research fields

  • Quantum Devices and Technology
  • Quantum Science and Applications
Illumination of diamond defects

Project details

Defects in diamond are leading new frontiers in quantum computing, quantum communications and quantum microscopy. Until recently, diamond defects were thought to be unique in their combination of remarkable properties for quantum technology. But now, similar defects have been discovered in materials related to diamond, such as silicon carbide and boron nitride. This has spurred great excitement and expectation of discovering yet more defects suitable for quantum technology. By discovering more defects, assessing their quantum properties and improving our understanding of their origins, we will be able to continue to advance quantum technologies.

This project involves the application of advanced computational quantum mechanical modelling as well as optical and magnetic resonance spectroscopy to discover and study quantum defects in semiconductors. There are opportunities for both theoretical and experimental work and students are free to choose to their desired mix of theory and experiment.

Required background

Students require a minimum of 2nd year Quantum Physics.

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • 3rd year special project
  • PhB (2nd or 3rd year)
  • Honours project
  • Phd or Masters
  • Vacation scholar

Contact supervisor

Doherty, Marcus profile

Other supervisor(s)

Manson, Neil profile
Emeritus Professor

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