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Doctor of Engineering (EngD): Miniaturised high-reliability lasers for Quantum Technologies (Optocap)

  • Full or part time
    Prof D Reid
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

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.

Candidate information:
The candidate will have, or expect to obtain, a 1st or 2:1 honours degree in Physics or a related subject. We are looking for a self-motivated individual, who can work flexibly and independently. They must be enthusiastic to learn and to take on the leadership of technical activities.

This will be a hands-on project and the candidate should have relevant experience of experimental development activities.

Previous experience of experimental laser and optical physics is an advantage, and knowledge of CAD (Solidworks), optical design (Zemax) and electronics would also be of benefit.

More information on the course programme, funding and support can be found by visiting the programme section of our website, or getting in touch with our administration team.

The successful applicant will be a registered student of the University of Strathclyde.



Project Description:
Quantum Technologies have sparked interest in recent years for a wide range of exciting technology demonstrations. One example, the generation and manipulation of laser-cooled atoms, promises to augment the capabilities of atomic clocks, enable precision navigation units capable of operating without GPS support, and boost the sensitivity of magnetometers to allow new insights into brain-function. As a result, the UK government Industrial Strategy identifies Quantum Technologies as a field that will underpin future economic growth for the UK.

While these demonstrations have illustrated the exciting potential of Quantum Technologies, it is now time to move the technology out of the lab and into real-world devices. At present, devices are often too large, heavy, power-hungry and expensive for this to be feasible.

One of the key enabling technologies behind these applications is the narrow-linewidth laser. This 4-year EngD project will take packaging techniques developed for the high-reliability, low-cost and volume-sensitive requirements of the telecoms market and apply these techniques to the lasers, optics and modulators required by Quantum Technologies. The resulting products will be tested in cutting-edge Quantum Technology applications.

Funding Notes

This 4-year (including CDT taught-courses) project is funded jointly by Optocap and by the CDT in Applied Photonics, run by Heriot-Watt University. The annual stipend is £21,053, which includes an enhancement from Optocap. A substantial consumables and equipment budget is provided by a concurrent EPSRC grant. Travel funding for conference presentations is also available.

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