The Cretan Matter Waves group at IESL FORTH in Heraklion (Greece) is looking for excellent candidates for a PhD and MSc positions to develop optics for space missions. This project will be supervised by Dr. Wolf von Klitzing and Dr. Dimitris Papazoglou.

We have recently received funding for the second round in the development of optical breadboard technologies for complex optical space missions with a special view towards Quantum-enhanced satellite missions.

Application deadline: 

Saturday, August 31, 2019

The research group is located at IESL-FORTH ( in Crete (Greece). It is currently operating two BEC machines and an experiment dedicated to space optics.

BEC 1: Our long-term aim is to construct a coherently guided matter-wave interferometer. We have recently demonstrated the first guiding of matterwaves over macroscopic distances without affecting the internal coherence of the Bose-Einstein Condensates (BEC), i.e. to guide them without any heating or atom-loss. The interferometer will consist of a novel magnetic ring-shaped waveguide based on time-averaged adiabatic potentials (TAAP).

BEC 2: Our second experiment, which looks at BEC at higher atom numbers. We recently demonstrated a novel atom laser, which has a record flux of 4 x 10^7 atom/s. We also made the coldest thermal source to date (200nK). We are now using our novel QUIC trap plus adiabatic potentials to look at phase properties of large elongated condensates. In the future we plan to study the kinetics of the condensation process itself. We also plan to study the rise of coherence in phase-fluctuating condensates.

Space Optics: We are developing with ESA ( a novel fibre distribution board for complex optical space missions like STE-QUEST.


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35° 18' 21.924" N, 25° 4' 17.652" E
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