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Algebraic, geometric and physical underpinnings of topological quantum computation


Key facts

Type of research degree
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Dr Joao Goncalves Faria Martins and Professor Paul Martin
School of Mathematics
Research groups/institutes
Pure Mathematics
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The motivating aim is to build a `quantum computer'. Feynman's idea is, broadly, to use the quantum nature of physical systems to build a massively parallel computer. There are several major technical obstructions to puting this into practice. One is that this device breaks the discreteness of binary computation (a barrier to errors in the classical case), so problems have to be recoded to make computation computational-fault-tolerant. One kind of discreteness that can be set up (in principle) to survive the quantum setting, is topological discreteness. (Very roughly speaking, while the precise trajectories of a collection of particles in a plane from one time to another are obscured from us by system noise, the braiding of suitably prepared particle time-lines is a relatively robust datum.) This leads us to study certain realisations/representations of braid groups, such as those provided by the Temperley-Lieb algebra, and several beautiful generalisations of this type of problem.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>The earliest start date for this project is 1 October 2020.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is &lsquo;Algebraic, geometric and physical underpinnings of topological quantum computation&rsquo; as well as&nbsp;<a href="mailto:">Professor Paul Martin</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

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<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information regarding your application,&nbsp;please contact Doctoral College Admissions by email:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;or by telephone:&nbsp; + 44 (0) 113 343 5057.</p> <p>For further information regarding the project, please contact Professor Paul Martin: <a href=""></a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;telephone: + 44 (0) 113 343 7787.</p>

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