Doctor of Engineering (EngD) Fiber optic components and sub-systems for communication and sensing in harsh environments (Gooch & Housego) - University of Strathclyde
Project not available to non UK/EU applicants.
The EngD is an alternative to a traditional PhD aimed at students wanting a career in industry. Students spend about 75% of their time working directly with a company in addition to receiving advanced-level training from a broad portfolio of technical and business courses. On completion students are awarded the PhD-equivalent EngD.
Photonics has transformed into an enabling platform technology with application into industrial processing, communications, sensing and life sciences. Fiber-optics can offer reduced mass, volume, lower power consumption, immunity to EMI in communication and sensing systems. Specifically in the context of communications, laser-based data links are high-speed, inherently secure, immune to jamming and spoofing, and no license is required for accessing the spectrum. Photonics is expected to play a key role in terrestrial, aerospace and space markets, as fiber-optics penetrates into field-deployed systems, UAV, aircraft and satellite payloads for telecommunication or sensing. These systems require ruggedized photonic components and modules qualified against stringent requirements in terms of thermal, vibration and shock levels in order to guarantee performance over the product lifetime. The project will focus on the design, development and commercialization of miniaturized, cost-effective and high-performance components and sub-systems, suitable for realizing key functions such as generation amplification and reception of light signals within a terrestrial, satellite or aerial platforms, advancing the state of the art with respect to footprint, bit-rate, functionality and power efficiency.
Prior knowledge in fiber lasers, doped fiber amplifiers or fiber-optic passive and active components is desirable.
This 4-year (including CDT taught-courses) project is funded jointly by Gooch & Housego and by the CDT in Applied Photonics, run by Heriot-Watt University. the academic supervisor for the project is based at the University of Strathclyde The annual stipend is £21053, which includes an enhancement from Gooch & Housego. A substantial consumables and equipment budget is provided by a concurrent EPSRC grant. Travel funding for conference presentations is also available.