PhD position: Coherent control of electronic dynamics in layered quantum materials, Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy and KU Leuven, Belgium

The aim of this project is to investigate the main channels driving the electronic decoherence in layered quantum materials embedded in properly designed cavities and develop strategies and excitation protocols to preserve coherence and exploit coherent dynamics to enhance the physical properties of prototypical 2D materials.
The PhD student will develop a coherent two-dimensional electron spectroscopy (2DES) microscopy to investigate the decoherence dynamics of optical and electronic excitations in nanostructured correlated materials.
The researcher will take part to a joint experimental/theoretical effort to tackle the control of coherent dynamics in condensed matter by using different multidisciplinary platforms. The network includes Prof. J-P Locquet and M. Houssa (KU Leuven), Prof. Marco Polini (theory of collective phenomena in 2D materials, Università di Pisa), Prof. Massimo Capone (theory of correlated materials, SISSA Trieste)

The PhD student will spend approximately 3 years in the ILAMP labs of Università Cattolica (Italy) and 1 year at KU Leuven (Belgium). At the end of the program the PhD student will be awarded a degree from both UCSC and KULeuven (double-degree).