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University of Birmingham Optical Physics PhD Projects

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  Nature Inspired Optical Nanostructures for Sensing
  Dr R Gupta
Applications accepted all year round

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The wings of a morpho butterfly show vivid blue colour because of the presence of periodic nanostructures. We have been developing photochemistries and materials to fabricate similar nanostructures made of hydrogels.
  Advanced Dielectric Antennas for Future Terahertz Systems
  Dr S Hanham
Application Deadline: 1 August 2019

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Terahertz waves (0.1 to 10 THz) have a range of useful properties that make them promising for future imaging, communication and radar systems.
  A source of quantum light for atom magnetometry
  Dr V Boyer
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When using classical light, optical measurements and light-based sensing methods are limited by the unavoidable quantum fluctuations in phase and amplitude, also known as shot noise.
  Advanced THz microscopy for biological applications
  Dr M Navarro-Cia
Applications accepted all year round

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Sandwiched between microwaves and infrared in the electromagnetic spectrum, THz radiation (ca. 0.1 – 3 THz) holds promise for medical diagnosis, security applications (chemical fingerprinting and standoff screening) and industrial control processes.
  Quantum Plasmonics: theory and simulation on the non-classical behaviour of nanoplasmonics
  Dr A Demetriadou
Application Deadline: 31 August 2019

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When light illuminates nano-sized metallic structures, the free electrons in the metal collectively oscillate, creating `plasmons’.
  Quantum simulations with Bose-Einstein Condensates
  Dr G Barontini
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We use modern techniques of laser cooling and magnetic and optical trapping to reach the lowest temperatures in the universe – just a few billionths of a degree above absolute zero – in very dilute atomic samples.
  Simulation of quantum transport with cold atoms
  Dr V Boyer
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Quantum mechanics is believed to play a role in certain natural processes such as light harvesting. For example certain bacteria are capable of capturing the energy of an incoming photon and transporting the resulting excitation to the reaction centre with great efficiency.
  Theory for the Quantum Entangled states of cold atoms controlled with extreme light
  Dr A Demetriadou
Application Deadline: 31 August 2019

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When light illuminates a dielectric object, it is transmitted and reflected. By controlling the topology of such objects (for example their geometry and periodic arrangement), one can direct and concentrate light at extremely small and sub-wavelength volumes, tremendously increasing the light intensity at the same time.
  Ultracold single-atom quantum engines
  Dr G Barontini
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The technological progress is pushing towards the realization of smaller scale devices and, at the ultimate level, machines will be built only with one or a few atoms.
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