Optical systems have recently emerged as promising platforms for energy efficient computing. However, fundamental limits to their information processing are largely unknown. In this project, you will address this problem by experimentally quantifying energy costs for two of the most fundamental operations, namely switching and erasing an optical bit. The system you will experiment with is a state-of-the-art tunable micro-cavity in a closed-cycle cryostat. You will control the switching/erasing process by varying the laser power and/or the cavity length. Beyond quantifying energy costs, you will seek to understand fundamental trade-offs between energy efficiency, speed, and accuracy in optical operations. You will also develop methods to increase the optical nonlinearity of the system, in order to reach the quantum regime. After succeeding in this, you will assess whether and how quantum effects can modify any of the results you previously obtained. Your main focus will be on experiments, but you will closely collaborate with Christopher Jarzynski and a PhD student in his group at the University of Maryland. Together, you will develop a stochastic thermodynamic framework for optical systems across the semiclassical to quantum transition.
You need to meet the requirements for a doctors-degree and must have research experience in a non-Dutch academic environment.
Ideally, you have a PhD degree in physics or a closely related field, and you:
- Have experimental background in optics/nanophotonics, stochastic thermodynamics, or a closely related field;
- Enjoy working in a small team, and supervising students;
- Are interested in statistical physics, nonlinear optics, thermodynamics, and quantum;
- Are enthusiastic about exploring “boundaries between fields”.
The group strongly values diversity, and researchers from all backgrounds are invited to apply.
The position is intended as full-time (40 hours / week, 12 months / year) appointment in the service of the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I) for the duration of 2.5 years, with a salary in scale 10 (CAO-OI) and a range of employment benefits. AMOLF assists any new foreign Postdoc with housing and visa applications and compensates their transport costs and furnishing expenses.
AMOLF is highly committed to an inclusive and diverse work environment. Hence, we greatly encourage candidates from any personal background and perspective to apply.Commercial activities in response to this ad are not appreciated.
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Make sure to apply no later than 20 Jan 2024 10:40 (Europe/Amsterdam).
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