Research in Physics, Quantum Matter and Optics is one of the two research directions in experimental physics at the Leiden Institute of Physics. It offers comprehensive coverage of major current research themes, such as scanning probe techniques based on atomic force and scanning tunneling microscopy, molecular electronics, oxide electronics, superconductivity, quantum optics and quantum information, and strong photon-matter interaction.
Similar to the other ‘Research in Physics’ programmes, this programme guarantees a thorough experience on the frontline of physics research with a practical training of communicative and computer skills. It includes two experimental projects, performed in a master-apprentice setting in physics research groups active in the field of ‘Quantum Matter and Optics’, and a full year of courses at the undergraduate level.
This master specialisation is open to students with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from a recognised university. Graduates from this Master programme will be well placed to function in positions in industry, research or society.
One part of our cluster studies the electrical properties of solid materials. This includes superconductivity in a variety of materials, from ferromagnetic bulk materials to small quantum dots. But we also do research on charge transport in thin layers of just one atom thick; this is what you can truly call two-dimensional materials. Because much research happens at the atomic level, we prefer atoms to move as little as possible, so we work at extremely low temperatures around absolute zero: -273°C
Another part of our cluster researches particles that move freely through space, like light particles or neutrinos. When we study light particles we look at their interaction with electrons and how they intertwine with each other. This is the strange quantum mechanical phenomenon of entanglement. We find neutrinos interesting because they contain lots of information about the Universe.