Nanodiamond Single Photon Sources for Quantum Information Processing

A PhD position is available immediately at Cardiff Diamond Foundry, within Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy (Cardiff University) as part of the European Framework Seven grant “Wavelength tuneable Advanced Single Photon Sources – WASPS”. This work is part of a large consortium including the Universities of Oxford and Bristol in the UK, University of Saarland and Ludwig Maximilian University in Germany and CNRS Grenoble in France. The applicant will be expected to collaborate with these institutions and thus there will be an amount of international travel expected as part of the project.

In this work the successful applicant will manipulate the surface chemistry of diamond nanoparticles in order to drive their guided self-assembly on defined surfaces. This technique will be used to control the position of the nanodiamond particles with nanoscale resolution. Following this, Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) will be used to grow diamond on these nanoparticles with the addition of Silicon or Nitrogen precursors in order to create single photon sources. Finally, the applicant will also design and build a new CVD system for the incorporation of novel materials into diamond. Elements such as Ni, Cr, W, Al etc will be introduced into diamond and the defects they created investigated as possible new single photon sources.

Details regarding the online application process can be found at:

For further information please contact:
Dr Oliver Williams


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