PhD student on the project "Quantum dynamics of twisted particles in electromagnetic fields"

Over the past few years, several leading research centers have produced photons, electrons, and neutrons in unusual quantum states with orbital angular momentum - the so-called "twisted" particles (twisted / vortex particles). Theoretical and experimental studies of such particles are necessary both for fundamental particle physics and quantum optics, and for the physics of nanomaterials, electron microscopy with subnanometer resolution, astrophysics, the development of new methods of optical communications, etc.

This PhD project proposes a theoretical study of the quantum dynamics of charged twisted particles - leptons, hadrons, ions in external electromagnetic fields used in linear and cyclic accelerators and in electron microscopes. The aim of the project is to answer the question about the stability of twisted quantum states in a wide class of realistic fields, the efficiency of accelerating that particles to relativistic energies by the methods of accelerator physics, considering the emission of photons, quantum transitions with a change in the orbital angular momentum and spin, as well as for different charge and mass of the particle (electron, proton, heavy ion). The PhD student will write formulas, develop a theoretical model, and conduct modeling in a package (for example, in Mathematica). 


  • work on current research projects and publish articles;
  • to participate in educational activities (conducts practice lessons, supervise bachelors project activities);
  • apply for grants, scholarships, awards;
  • represent the department and share the results of your work at conferences and meetings. 


  • basic physical or mathematical education (particle physics, theoretical physics, optics, photonics, condensed matter physics, etc.);
  • good grades in specialized subjects;
  • knowledge and ability to solve problems from quantum mechanics and QED;
  • experience of scientific work in a group or research work in theoretical physics, optics, photonics or physics of accelerators;
  • experience of speaking at the conference;
  • knowledge of English at least B2 (Upper-Intermediate) and higher - it is supposed to write articles in English;
  • availability of publications in scientific journals
  • the presence of publications with the first authorship will be your advantage;
  • skills in software packages such as Mathematica or knowledge of programming languages will be your advantage;
  • focus on results;
  • pursuance of improvement. 


  • young and professional team of department staff, friendly atmosphere;
  • active collaboration with leading researchers around the world: USA, Europe, Asia and Australia;
  • the opportunity to travel to international conferences, as well as to foreign colleagues, starting from the first year of PhD school;
  • fast professional growth;
  • opportunities to increase salaries during studying by winning PhD scholarships and grants. Actively working PhD students of our department, as a rule, have high chances of success in such competitions;
  • highly developed internal corporate culture: weekly volleyball with colleagues, table tennis, New Year's corporate party, English language courses, etc .;
  • work in the historical center of St. Petersburg.

Supervisor: Dmitry Karlovets, Dr. Sci. in Physics and Mathematics, Assistant professor of ITMO University.
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