Theory Division

Theoretical Quantum Dynamics and Quantum Electrodynamics



PhD student – Relativistic light-matter interactions

Recent progress in laser technology allows to study light-matter interactions at high intensities of about 1022 W/cm2, even higher intensities will be available in the near future. At ultra-high intensities relativistic effects can no longer be neglected. This opens the door to the study of many new quantum phenomena: high harmonic generation and above-threshold ionization at relativistic intensities, non-dipole effects, spin effects, pair production, short-time physics, high-energy physics, and others.

Perturbative methods are no longer adequate if light and matter interact at ultra-high intensities. In fact, the theoretical description of light-matter interaction at relativistic intensities and its complex quantum dynamics requires the numerical solution of the Dirac equation. We are seeking a PhD student to address relativistic light-matter interactions by numerical methods. The PhD candidate is expected to carry out numerical model calculations using existing codes as well as to develop and to implement new numerical schemes.

The candidate should have a master or equivalent degree in physics and be highly motivated to work on a challenging theoretical project. He or she should be interested in numerical simulation, sound knowledge of at least one programming language is inevitable. A solid background in theoretical physics is desirable and experience in theoretical atomic, optical or plasma physics is an advantage. Fluency in English and good interpersonal communication skills are required.

The research project will be carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPIK), Saupfercheckweg 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany. Please send your application including CV, list of publications/scientific contributions and MSc certificate by email to Equal opportunity is a cornerstone policy of the Max Planck Society (MPG), and women as well as disabled people are particularly encouraged to apply. This position is open and applicants are invited as of now.

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