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H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships (Topological PhoXonics Project)

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ICN2 is a renowned research centre. Its research lines focus on the newly discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the behaviour of matter at the nanoscale.

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Job Title:  H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF 2017) Topological PhoXonics Project

https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/msca-if-2017.html

Research area or group:

The 16-strong Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures (P2N) group at ICN2 is  led by the ICREA research professor Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres.

http://icn2.cat/en/phononic-and-photonic-nanostructures-group 

The group investigates the interactions between phonons, photons and electrons in nano-scale condensed matter with a long-term view to develop new information technology concepts where information processing is achieved with novel or multiple state variables. Experimental work is carried out on nanophononics including nano-scale thermal transport and opto-mechanical crystals at the cross roads between nanotechnology and dispersion relation engineering. The research in nanophotonics is focused on localisation and more recently metamaterials.

We use state-of-the-art linear optical spectroscopy methods, pump-and-probe down to 10's of femtoseconds and develop new techniques to reach the nanoscale in thermal transport, most notably Laser Raman thermometry.

Over the years we have gathered expertise in periodic nanostructures to control the flow of light and phonons as well as their interactions. A natural development is to explore topological matter.

Project Description:

Topological PhoXonics

The promise of topological matter from an applied perspective is the prospect of state propagation without scattering by defects. Here we propose to investigate first topological photonics and topological phononics separately, bringing them together towards the phoXonic version of topology.

Crucial for this research is the identification and physical realisation of the equivalent of the quantum spin orbit coupling. In the group we have some new ideas and preliminary designs and we look for an enthusiastic researcher to join this budding effort in an expanding field.

During this project, we revisit designs of topological photonic waveguides and downscale the proposals for topological phononic structures to reach the GHz and beyond regimes.  For this more accurate models are needed.

We have state-of-the-art nanofabrication and spectroscopy experience and laboratories to enable the characterisation of such structures.

The researcher will join a dynamic group working at the frontiers of nanophononics and nanophotonics. We will be delighted to receive applications from solid state physicist or electrical engineers who have theoretical expertise on topological matter and who would wish to acquire experimental expertise in the examination of periodic and topological structures.

How to apply:

All applications must be sent to Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres (clivia.sotomayor@icn2.cat ) and include the following:

1.              A full CV including contact details.

2.              Statement of research in relation to this project proposal.

Equal opportunities:

ICN2 is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities.

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