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Advanced nanophotonic materials for quantum technology applications

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

There is growing interest in advanced photonic materials for emerging quantum technology applications. This PhD research project will focus on a class of transition metal based silicide and nitride materials (such as MoSi and TiN) with exceptional high and low temperature properties. For example materials in this class offer resilience to high temperatures due to their high melting points and chemical resistance, lending themselves to plasmonic sensing applications. Also the same materials exhibit excellent superconducting properties at low temperature, and are ideal for infrared single photon detection in the quantum technologies arena. Using the facilities of the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre at the University of Glasgow, thin films will be deposited using sputter and atomic layer deposition. The materials will be evaluated using advanced metrology (transmission electron microscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, and temperature dependent properties). Nanoscale structures will be fabricated and tested and compared with finite difference time domain modelling. The aim of this project is to gain a full understanding of the optical properties of these materials, optimise compatibility with waveguide circuits and to tailor devices to the requirements of advanced nanophotonic applications in data storage, sensing, single photon detection and optical computing.

This project is suitable for a talented and motivated student with a background in engineering, chemistry, materials science or physics.

Funding Notes

The application deadline for PhD studentships in the James Watt School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow is 31st January 2020.
These studentships are awarded competitively and cover stipend and fees for PhD research for UK resident or exceptional EU candidates.
You should send your CV to Professor Hadfield by Monday 27th January.
He will support the best qualified applicant for this project.
A full application should be submitted through the University of Glasgow online system by Friday 31st January.
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