Dr Sergey Kafanov

Lecturer in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

PhD Supervision Interests

We are seeking PhD students to study quantum phenomena in superconducting and hybrid devices. Due to their unique properties, such devices allow the control at the level of single charge or flux quantum, single photon and single phonon, and are promising for applications in sensing, metrology and quantum information processing. Examples of research projects include, but are not limited to: 1. Charge pumping by nanoelectronic hybrid circuits 2. Detection of the quantum of mechanical motion by an artificial atom 3. Interaction of surface acoustic waves with a superconducting artificial atom 4. Probing quantum fluids with nanomechanical resonators The work is experimental and involves nanofabrication of superconducting and hybrid circuits in the Quantum Technology Centre's cleanroom and measurements at mK temperatures in a dilution refrigerator. We work in close collaboration with the ULT group. We also collaborate with theorists, both at Lancaster and abroad. You are expected to have a strong interest and preferably knowledge in some of the fields: - quantum physics, superconductivity and superfluidity, Josephson junction devices, Coulomb blockade, quantum optics and quantum information; - low-noise measurements and microwave engineering; - automation of the experiment, data acquisition using Python or MatLab; - cryogenic techniques.

MSI: Driving a mechanical resonator by single electrons
01/03/2018 → 29/02/2020

ULT 2017: Frontiers of Low Temperature Physics
Participation in conference

28th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics
Participation in conference

Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Nanomechanics at Low Temperature: from Classical to Quantum
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Scientific Reports (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Journal of Low Temperature Physics (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Low Temperature Physics

  • Low Temperature Physics
  • Quantum Nanotechnology
  • Quantum Technology Centre