M.Sc. Marko Petric
Offered Bachelor’s or Master’s Theses Topics
- Quantum Emitters in 2D Materials
2D materials were shown in 2015 to host randomly occurring single-photon emitting sites. Due to unique properties, such as ultimate proximity of the light sources to the surface that result in high photon extraction efficiencies, nuclear spin-free isotopes, valley pseudospin and potential for scalability, 2D materials are extremely promising as building blocks for solid-state photon-based quantum information. They have the potential to overcome the limitations of the current systems as highly sensitive, easily integrable quantum light sources and qubits of the future . However, in current 2D quantum emitters the photon emission energy is random . This prevents photon indistinguishability, a non-negotiable requirement for both fundamental studies and applications. Moreover, the current fabrication process is incompatible with silicon photonics and on-chip integration. To unleash the full impact of 2D materials on quantum science and technology, we are currently attempting a novel fabrication strategy. In the first part of the project, you will realize quantum dots of 2D semiconductors top-down, with dimensions below those achievable through conventional lithography systems, using a combination of etching masks made of colloidal quantum dots and by Helium Ion Beam Lithography followed by Reactive Ion Etching. Such quantum dots will be deterministic, scalable and will overcome the critical limitations of the current solid-state quantum emitters in 2D materials. You will study the optical properties of such quantum emitters at cryogenic temperatures and in the presence of magnetic fields. Further, you will have the option of integrating such quantum emitters and their arrays with optical cavities and waveguides, realizing spin-qubits registers made of arrays of independently charged quantum-dots and studying the effect of interactions among separate quantum emitters placed at a subwavelength distance. No current solid-state quantum dot system satisfies the requirements to do so.
Some experience in the areas of optics, electronics, programming or cleanroom fabrication will be beneficial, but secondary to your personal motivation and commitment to this fascinating project. You will gain skills and knowledge and probably become an expert in various scientific research tasks, including but not limited to nanoscale cleanroom fabrication and state-of-the-art electro-optical measurements at cryogenic temperatures.
You should: be a highly motivated student with a curious and open mind looking to solve big problems. This is a challenging but potentially ground-breaking project in the framework of quantum science and technology. You will work in close collaboration with a small team of Ph.D. students and a postdoc, therefore teamwork is crucial. You must enjoy working with others, have a knack for a good laugh and you shouldn’t take yourself too seriously, these skills will help with the regular frustrations arising when doing research.
You will get: experience on state-of-the-art (or beyond) nanofabrication and on performing optical spectroscopy in state-of-the-art laboratories, a sound understanding of the physics of 2D materials and solid-state quantum optical systems, and if everything goes well a nice (or even amazing) paper in a top journal. Maybe most importantly, you will also have a lot of fun along the way.
Finally, we like and promote a diverse working environment, as such we particularly welcome applications from female students, foreigners, and members of minority groups.
For inquiries feel free to write to Dr. Matteo Barbone: Matteo.Barbone@wsi.tum.de - or Marko Petric (firstname.lastname@example.org)
 Igor Aharonovich, Dirk Englund, and Milos Toth, Nat. Photon. 10 (10), 631 (2016)
 C. Palacios-Berraquero, et al., Nat. Commun. 8, 15093 (2017)
- suitable as
- Master’s Thesis Condensed Matter Physics
- Master’s Thesis Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics
- Master’s Thesis Applied and Engineering Physics
- Supervisor: Jonathan Finley