Students and Education

Information for students

There are a plenty of opportunities to do a Bachelor (BEP) or Master (afstudeer) project in the theoretical physics group. You are always welcome to contact one of the group members and discuss the possible topics of with him/her.

Please see below what the staff says about the opportunities:

Gerrit Bauer  is for 50 % of his time professor at the TU Delft and 50% at the Tohoku University in Sendai/Japan. Motivated students may inquire for BEP and Master projects, which will be carried out in collaboration with his Ph.D.’s and Postdocs, and the possibilities to carry out part of the work in Japan. The topics will cover the fields of spintronics, spin caloritronics, and spin mechatronics.

Miriam Blaauboer: With me,  you can either work on quantum information processing, for example quantum computing or quantum teleportation, in solid-state nanostructures or on quantum encryption with optical systems. Projects usually involve both analytical and numerical calculations based on quantum mechanics. Often you work together with a PhD student or a postdoc who is interested in a similar topic.

Yaroslav Blanter:  BEP and Master projects on nanomechanics are available. Nanomechanics is a rapidly developing field which studies artificial nanoscale systems which move mechanically and are coupled to electrical, magnetic, or optical circuits. Your project will typically involve theoretical modelling of the behaviour of these systems. There are related experiments performed in Delft (in the MED group,) and theory in this direction is developed in collaboration with experimentalists, taking into account realistic parameters, and sometimes designing new experiments.

Yuli Nazarov:  With me, Bachelor/Master projects are often concerned with quantum devices.
A project is usually about  one (novel) device, which is chosen according to the interests and preferences of a student, and whose operating principles include for example Coulomb blockade, superconductivity, microwave or mechanical resonances, and/or discreteness of energy levels in the quantum dots.  In the course of the project you learn and use both analytical and computational skills. A project is usually co-supervised by a PhD student.

Jos Thijssen:  With me, you could either work on developing quantum transport theory formalism, in particular combining non-equilibrium Green's function formalism with density matrix theory and perturbation theory. This is mostly analytical work. Or, your project could be more numerical and focussed on modelling  quantum transport through molecular systems. This type of project involves performing quantum-mechanical calculations (using existing software), and is relevant for describing and analyzing experiments on molecular transport in the MED group .

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