Single-electron electronics and quantum optics with flying electrons

Hermann Edlbauer

Host: Neel Institut (CNRS)

Supervisor: C. Bäuerle (CNRS)

Co-supervisor: C.J.B. Ford (UCAM)

Scientific Background

I’ve studied applied physics at Graz University of Technology in my native country Austria. During that time my research was focused on solid state physics, computational physics and organic electronics. For my Master’s thesis at the local Institute of Solid State Physics I performed large-scale density functional theory simulations to investigate how successive hydrogenation of acenequinone molecules adsorbed on coinage metal surfaces affects the work function and the electron potential distribution.

Current Research Topic

My work is aiming at the coherent manipulation of single, flying electrons. With those particles I’m striving to perform experiments as known from quantum optics. Using SAWs I transport single electrons in mesoscopic potential structures realized with a standard Schottky gate technique in an AlGaAs/GaAs heterostructure.


The short term goal of the project is to demonstrate coherent beam splitter operation and to investigate collision experiments.