Post-doctoral Researchers

H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships (Nonlinear dynamics and chaos in Optomechanical cavities Project)


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Job Title:  H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF 2017) Nonlinear dynamics and chaos in Optomechanical cavities Project

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. 

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:

Nonlinear dynamics and chaos in Optomechanical cavities.

We have established a solid background on 1-dimensional optomechanical (OM) crytals1, which are affected by optical nonlinearities of diverse origin: thermo-optic effects, free-carrier dispersion and OM coupling.  These are connected through the number of intracavity photons, which affects and is affected by the mentioned mechanisms2. We master techniques to characterize and control the different dynamics activated like multi-stabilities, phonon lasing and chaos3. Our building-block platform allows straightforward exploitation as a test bed to investigate uncommon complex nonlinear dynamics, e.g., static and dynamic bifurcations, different routes to chaos, etc. We plan to increase the nr of either through mechanical and/or optical links, to investigate the transitions from weak to strong coupling.

The aim is to provide theoretical support to the research working in close cooperation with experimentalists. S/he will join a team working at the frontiers of experimental science in OM cavities and is expected to lead the theoretical support team (master students) planned to work him/her. S/he will receive first hand experimental data to be interpreted and will propose new concepts to be tested experimentally. The successful interaction will boost the overall know-how and the professional potential of the researcher.

1 J Gomis-Bresco et al., Nature Communications, 5, 4452 (2014)

2 D Navarro-Urrios et al., Scientific Reports 5, 15733 (2015)

3 D Navarro-Urrios et al., Nature Communications, 8, 14965 (2017)

How to apply:

All applications must be sent to Daniel Navarro Urrios ( ) and include the following:

1.              A full CV including contact details.

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

Deadline for applications: 30th June 2017.

Equal opportunities:

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