Post-doctoral position in dark matter search with ultracold atoms

The successful candidate will be joining the Atomic Quantum Optics group led by Prof. Dr. Morgan Mitchell. Searches for new particles and forces using table-top experiments is an expanding frontier of fundamental physics, which traditionally has relied upon powerful particle colliders, e.g. the LHC at CERN.

Axions and axion-like particles (ALPs) are well-motivated dark matter candidates that could solve multiple open problems, including the strong-CP problem in nuclear physics, and anomalous galaxy rotation rates. If they exist, axions and ALPs would mediate a distinctive monopole-dipole force, detectable in principle with atomic magnetometer technologies.

Spinor Bose-Einstein condensates (SBECs) are ideal candidates to search for such forces, as they are:

1) extraordinarily coherent (coherence times of many seconds)

2) very compact, allowing a SBEC magnetometer to search for short-range monopole-dipole forces that are out of reach of other sensor technologies

3) very clean, well-understood systems, essential for understanding systematic effects.

The successful candidate for this position will join a small team of PhD and post-doctoral researchers working to develop SBECs as detectors of these hypothesized new forces.