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Reference : UMR8630-FRAPER-002
Workplace : PARIS 14
Date of publication : Friday, December 04, 2020
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 18 months
Expected date of employment : 1 February 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : In between 2728€ et 3145€ (gross), depending on the experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years
The post-doctoral researcher will coordinate the activities carried out by the team in the framework of a new project called "CoQuIA" (Quantum Control for Atomic Interferometry) funded by AID. He will work on both the experimental and theoretical study of methods for shaping laser beams of atomic interferometers, based on the use of unconventional optical elements and optimal quantum control method. He will coordinate the implementation of these new methods in the laboratory, in collaboration with the students working on the different experimental setups. He will prepare experimental plans, participate in the analysis of results, which he will present in project progress meetings and at conferences in the field. He will write progress reports, as well as publications resulting from his research.
Theoretically, he will continue the development already started in the team of optimal control simulation codes based on gradient methods. Experimentally, he will use a test bench to test different methods of fast modulation of the pulse parameters (phase / frequency, amplitude). Once the methodology has been validated, on the theoretical and experimental levels, it will implement these methods in inertial sensors at the state of the art, and in particular in an atomic gyrometer of very large area and an atomic gradiometer of very high sensitivity, both operational today, with the aim of improving the efficiency of beamsplitters, the contrast of interferometers and therefore ultimately the sensitivity of measurements of rotation rates and gravity gradients. He will compare the results obtained with the numerical simulations.
The candidate should have a doctorate in physics and strong experimental skills in laser physics, atomic physics, electronics and instrument control. Research experience in the field of cold atoms is mandatory. Any experience in the field of atomic interferometry will be highly appreciated. An expertise and a taste for digital modeling and simulations will be an asset.
The post-doctoral researcher will join the “Atomic interferometry and inertial sensors” team at SYRTE, a leading laboratory in the development of high sensitivity inertial sensors based on atomic interferometry, such as gravimeters and gyrometers, using cold atoms trapped or in free fall. He will work under the direction of Franck Pereira dos Santos, Research Director at CNRS, team leader at SYRTE and coordinator of the CoQuIA project, and will work closely with the teams involved in the development of the instruments.
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