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Physics - Faculty of Science - Leiden University

Research in Physics, Quantum Matter and Optics (MSc)

This specialisation connects to the Leiden research programme on quantum optics and quantum matter. You will learn how fascinating material properties emerge from a combination of quantum mechanical confinement, electron-electron interaction, and/or the electron spin property. Furthermore, you will become a specialist in the quantum properties of light and the rich physics of photon-matter interaction.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The programme covers two themes:

  1. Condensed Matter Physics studies the electronic, optical and mechanical properties of quantum solids, typically on the nanometer scale and at low temperature. Research topics include superconductivity (discovered in Leiden), low-dimensional systems, molecular electronics, and strongly correlated materials. You will get familiar with the state-of-the-art experimental techniques that are at the core of the Leiden research programme.
  2. Quantum Optics studies the quantum properties of light, entanglement and its role in photon-matter interaction, again typically on the nanometer scale. Research topics include photon detection, plasmonics, cavity quantum electrodynamics and quantum nanomechanics with the goal to create, manipulate, control and understand quantum systems that are at the heart of future quantum technologies.

Read more about the Quantum Matter and Optics programme.

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Why study Research in Physics, Quantum Matter and Optics at Leiden University?

  • The programme covers major current research themes, such as advanced condensed matter physics, superconductivity, molecular electronics, quantum optics and quantum information, and strong photon-matter interaction. Experimental methods taught in the programme include break junction spectroscopy, scanning tunneling spectroscopy, low-energy electron microscopy, and magnetic resonance force microscopy. Various of these techniques have been developed or significantly improved in Leiden.
  • The programme provides you with a thorough hands-on research training in the field of ‘Quantum Matter and Optics’, acquired during two experimental projects, performed in a master-apprentice setting. Here, you will be part of one of our excellent research groups, allowing you to push the boundaries of knowledge yourself.
  • In this programme you have ample opportunities to design your own study path; 45 EC of the programme consists of electives.

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Research in Physics, Quantum Matter and Optics: the right master’s programme for you?

This is the right master’s programme for you if you are interested in current research themes in quantum matter and optics and experimental approaches to expand our knowledge in these fields. You are curiosity-driven and intrigued by quantum mechanics and its appearance in many state-of-the-art experiments. You are thrilled by the possibility to contribute to this knowledge in an intense research environment.

Read more about the entry requirements for Quantum Matter and Optics.

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