About the Project
This project will focus on the mechanisms by which communications based on light emission by LEDs or lasers can be powered by energy harvested from the environment. The student will develop understanding of compound semiconductor heterostructure devices and the absorption and emission of radiation, the change and exchange of energy and entropy in such a system, design a laser or LED powered by the heat and light available in the environment, fabricating such a device and demonstrating communication of information at some level.
The project will follow a flexible timeline with completion feasible within 4 years including 0.5 year contingency. The first year will include a literature study and the development of suitable experimental and computational skills. The remainder of the PhD will include device development, device demonstrations and assessment and completion of the thesis. The student will integrate fully with the CS Hub research team comprising post-doctoral research associates, technicians and senior staff at Cardiff University, and make use of Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS) facilities.
Candidates should have a strong background and interest in Optics/Photonics, Thermal Physics and Semiconductor Physics
Start date: January 2021. 4 years Full Time.
How to Apply:
Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University webpages (https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programme/physics-and-astronomy) including:
• an upload of your CV
• a personal statement/covering letter
• two references
• Current academic transcripts
Applicants should select Doctor of Philosophy, with a start date of January 2021
In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select the ’self -funding’ option.
Candidates should hold a good bachelor’s degree (first or upper second-class honours degree) or a MSc degree in Physics or a related subject.
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).
This PhD position is opening for self-funded student only, which means the candidate with own funding to cover the living cost and tuition fees will be considered.
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