Dr Peter Jacobson

Lecturer in CMP

School of Mathematics and Physics
Faculty of Science
p.jacobson@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 58579

Overview

Dr Peter Jacobson's research interests are: Scanning Probe Microscopy (STM/AFM), Single Atom Magnetism, Kondo Physics, 2D Materials, Oxide Surfaces, and Molecular Machines.

He recieved his PhD from Tulane University (New Orleans) in 2010. Before coming to UQ (June 2019), he worked at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research (Stuttgart, Germany), TU Wien (Vienna, Austria), and Uni Graz (Graz, Austria).

For more details on research see: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=4ZcJt34AAAAJ&hl=en

At UQ he is setting up a laboratory from scratch - busy, busy...

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  • Project Level: Honours, Masters, Winter/Summer

    High quality factor microwave resonators are critical components of quantum computer architectures. Aluminum resonators on silicon are now standard components in these architectures, but the measured quality factors in these resonators is lower than expected. Recent work suggest that the limiting factor for these devices are imperfections at the metal-substrate interace. This project focuses on preparing atomically precise interfaces between Aluminum and Silicon for improved superconducting qubits. Using new equipment housed at CMM, the student will prepare clean Silicon surfaces under ultrahigh vacuum conditions and develop procedures to grow high quality factor resonators.

    The student will gain experience with ultrahigh vacuum equipment, electron spectroscopy, electron diffraction, and low temperature instrumentation.

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Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Project Level: Honours, Masters, Winter/Summer

    High quality factor microwave resonators are critical components of quantum computer architectures. Aluminum resonators on silicon are now standard components in these architectures, but the measured quality factors in these resonators is lower than expected. Recent work suggest that the limiting factor for these devices are imperfections at the metal-substrate interace. This project focuses on preparing atomically precise interfaces between Aluminum and Silicon for improved superconducting qubits. Using new equipment housed at CMM, the student will prepare clean Silicon surfaces under ultrahigh vacuum conditions and develop procedures to grow high quality factor resonators.

    The student will gain experience with ultrahigh vacuum equipment, electron spectroscopy, electron diffraction, and low temperature instrumentation.