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RAP opportunity at Air Force Science and Technology Fellowship Program     AF STFP

Fundamental Laser-Matter Interactions, Sensors and Quantum Technologies


Air Force Institute of Technology

opportunity location
13.50.00.C0389 AFIT, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337542


name email phone
Anil K Patnaik 9372553636 x4532


As a graduate school focused on Air Force relevant research and education, the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) is at the forefront of optics and sensing programs. The advent of novel high power, high pulse-repetition rate and short-pulse duration (up to a few femtoseconds) lasers are pushing the boundaries of diagnostics and sensing capabilities. Also, recent developments in miniaturization of sensors are driving the LMI boundaries into quantum regime, opening up a whole new world of quantum information science that allows to us to imagine technologies beyond the fundamental limits currently thought to be imposed by nature. This pursuit is an opportunity for any ambitious researcher to pursue a research career in AFIT's vibrant environment on any of the following broad theoretical and experimental topics (but not limited to):

Quantum Technologies:

  • Quantum optics, memories, free space qubit communication, sensors and informatics

  • Manipulating non-linear dispersion and applications

  • Foundations of quantum mechanics

Laser-matter Interaction Applications:

  • Ultrafast laser-matter interaction, nonlinear optics, laser-induced plasma and applications to gas-phase sensing
  • Laser induced breakdown, nuclear materials
  • Hypersonic material and electro-magnetics


key words
Quantum optics; quantum informatics; quantum sensors; nonlinear optics; laser-matter interactions; ultrafast diagnostics; hypersonic material sensing and electromagnetics


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$95,000.00 $5,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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