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Design and Fabrication of Next Generation Optical Fibres

   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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  Prof Jayanta Sahu  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Supervisory Team:   Prof Jayanta Sahu

Project description

High power fibre lasers (HPFLs), developed first at the University of Southampton, have advanced beyond recognition. Output powers have increased by more than four orders of magnitude in the past two decades, reaching 10kW in a single beam. They are widely used in the most advanced production lines for cutting, welding, 3D printing and marking of a myriad of materials from glass to steel. However, we are now close to the maximum power that can be produced by a single fibre laser. To continue increasing the power, new solutions must be found. Just as modern computers contain large numbers of processor cores rather than a single high-speed core, the future for HPFLs is in the combination of multiple fibre lasers.

The successful combination of large numbers of fibre lasers would transform manufacturing. Such a breakthrough could enable control of all light properties (such as wavelength, polarization, intensity, and phase) to create dynamically reconfigurable structured light that changes “on the fly” depending on the specific application. Such a “digital fibre laser” would not only make the UK a more prosperous nation, but also allow us to protect against malevolent drones, build the next generation of efficient, compact particle accelerators, clean-up space debris, treat nuclear waste, and all-in-all make the world a better, cleaner, greener, and safer place. The University of Southampton has recently been awarded £6million to solve the challenges associated with the creation of the “digital fibre laser”, and you will be part of this team effort.

You will be focussed on fabricating the next generation of optical fibres and novel materials, to overcome the limitations of current HPFLs and provide the passive and active silica fibres needed to meet the stringent requirements for the next generation of high-power fibre lasers. New materials are key, because in photonics you rarely have the material you want, and hence novel performance and enhanced functionalities generally require development of new or further optimised materials.

You will be conducting fundamental research into novel fibre materials and geometries, with a focus on achieving near quantum-limited efficiency and low photodarkening, exploring new material combinations and fibre structures with low acousto-optic and thermo-optic coefficients, and demonstrating novel methods to fabricate polarisation-maintaining fibres. To overcome these limitations, you will be using our recently developed modified chemical vapour deposition techniques in our state-of-the-art clean rooms that enable the fabrication of multi-layered preforms with complex rare-earth doping profiles.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2022 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £16,062 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

How To Apply

Applications should be made online. Select programme type (Research), 2022/23, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD ORC (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Jayanta Sahu

Applications should include:

Research Proposal

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online:

For further information please contact: [Email Address Removed]

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