Supervisor: Professor David Richardson
Co-supervisor Dr Jonathan Price
We are looking for enthusiastic candidates with a background in physics, material sciences or engineering to join us on a fibre lasers project. Students with strong undergraduate mathematical skills are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be supported throughout and emerge as a well-respected young scientist ready to embark on a strong career in this rapidly growing field.
This PhD project will focus on the latest fiber lasers operating in the two-micron wavelength region which have the potential to open-up a wealth of new applications in medical imaging, industrial processing and optical communications. Based on the rare ability to fabricate fibres in-house (one of just two universities in the UK), our pioneering research in the development of Thulium and Holmium lasers moves in parallel with novel fibre developments.
The project aims to create a world-leading femto/pico-second pulsed fibre laser source, addressing a host of technical challenges in the process. Nonlinear frequency conversion of the output will be used to transfer the power from lasers to longer wavelengths. The work will combine experiments and simulations, together with the theory of lasers and nonlinear optics, matched to your preferences.
The project is supported with substantial funding from a £6m EPSRC-funded AirGuide Photonics programme grant, hosted at the world-renowned Optoelectronics Research Centre.
About the Optoelectronics Research Centre
The ORC has led the world in optical fibre technology research for the past 50 years. With over 90 state-of-the-art laboratories and 200 researchers working in all areas of photonics, the ORC provides an outstanding interdisciplinary environment for students to grow. Its cluster of 12 photonics spin-out companies provides a natural career path for PhD graduates.
The group has an excellent track record of publishing in high profile research journals and international conferences. Its former PhD and postdoctoral researchers have made successful careers in universities worldwide or as industry scientists and business leaders.
In the first year of your PhD a structured training programme runs alongside the research project, providing a gradual transition from taught degree to open-ended research. Students present their work at conferences worldwide, first-author papers in leading academic journals and emerge with skills at the forefront of glass and fibre optics research https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2_6yNQamkU
Further ORC information: http://www.orc.soton.ac.uk
Further Airguide Photonics information: http://www.airguide.soton.ac.uk#
To discuss any details of the project or arrange a visit, please contact Dr. Jonathan Price ([email protected]
A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).
Closing date: applications are accepted throughout the year but start date is typically October 2020.
Funding: full tuition for EU/UK Students plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. EU students with no external funding can contend for a small number of competitive scholarships. Students from overseas who have secured some external funding are also encouraged to apply.
How To Apply:
Applications should be made online here selecting “Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science” under the Faculty and then “PhD ORC (Full time)” as the programme.
Applications should include:
Two reference letters
Degree Transcripts to date
Apply online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page
For further information please contact: [email protected]