Optomechanics and Spin Transfer at McGill

Cavity photons coupled to the drumhead motion of a 50-nanometer-thick membrane (not a photograph).

Our goal is to develop a coherent interface between micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), photons, quantum defects, and (most recently) spin-transfer-driven nanoscale magnetic circuits. Along the way, we also develop some of the world’s most sensitive optical & mechanical systems.

Current Research Focus Areas

Over the past five years, we have been building a set of ultrasensitive enabling technologies and techniques, which have paved the way toward single-photon optomechanics in the quantum regime, previously unimagined levels of optomechanical control, and spin-transfer controlled quantum emitters in diamond:

Open Positions (Students graduating! Apply today!)

Our research group is now looking for motivated students and postdocs.

  • Graduate and undergraduate positions are available to motivated, experimentally-inclined students with a background in physics or engineering
  • Postdoctoral positions may be available for qualified applicants in a related field (especially after April 2018)

Strong preference will be given to candidates enthusiastic about fostering a supportive environment for McGill’s diversity of population and perspectives. The best science comes from combining our ideas!

Common Funding Opportunities

  • Our Group
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • NSERC Graduate Scholarships
  • FRQNT Graduate Scholarships
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

McGill University, Canada’s top ranked university, is located in the centre of downtown Montréal, a vibrant, artistic, dual-language city recently named the world’s best city for students. McGill’s primary language is English, and one can navigate the city in French or English. The cost of living is quite low, and graduate students live comfortably within walking distance of downtown. There also exists a large network of bicycle paths, a bike-sharing program, and a viable mass transit system including subways with rubber tires, trains with metal wheels, buses with rubber tires, and “drive-and-leave” electric cars (operated with the same proxy card). I haven’t needed a car since I arrived, which is awesome. McGill and the Province of Québec also have generous and family-friendly policies.