I am looking for a PhD-student to work with me on a very exciting project: using a unique source of ultrashort pulses of ultracold electrons to make a molecular movie of a membrane protein.
Making such a movie on a lab-scale setup has never been done before and would mean a huge breakthrough. It is also very difficult, but with our unique source we have a good chance of achieving it.
The source [1,2] is based on the photo-ionization of a cloud of atoms that is trapped and laser-cooled to near-absolute zero temperature. Because of this, the created electron pulse has a high enough transverse coherence to obtain high-quality diffraction patterns from 2D protein crystals. The electron pulses are also very short (tens of picoseconds) so that in a pump-probe experiment we can even see very fast protein dynamics.
This project takes place in the Coherence and Quantum Technology group of Prof. Luiten. You will be embedded in the inspiring environment of this dynamic research group. Furthermore, the project involves international and interdisciplinary collaboration. For more information on the project (and me) see: https://brancoweissfellowship.org/fellow/huijts.html
 Franssen, J et al., Struct. Dyn. 4, 044010 (2017)
 Franssen, J et al., PRAB 22, 023401 (2019)
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Julius Huijts, j.v.huijts[at]tue.nl.
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