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Hollow Core Fibres in emerging applications


About This PhD Project

Project Description

We are looking for candidates with an interest in fibre opitcs and a degree or masters’ degree in physics or electronics to join us in researching novel optical fibres (hollow core fibres) manufactured in our Cleanroom complex for use in emerging applications (such as 5G networks, latency-sensitive communications, etc.) in collaboration with our recently-formed spin-off company, Lumenisity.

The project is primarily experimental in nature and will involve integration of the new fibres with other components and sub-systems, in particular optical amplifiers. We expect to probe the operational limits of this radical new fibre technology (see ‘Further information’ below) and ultimately to lead to a number of practical demonstrator experiments.

The project is supported with substantial funding associated with the £6m EPSRC-funded AirGuide Photonics programme grant, hosted at the world-renowned Optoelectronics Research Centre. http://www.airguide.soton.ac.uk | http://www.orc.soton.ac.uk

Further information


Hollow core fibres (HCFs) are novel optical fibres in which light is trapped and guided with low loss in an air core, as opposed to in glass in a conventional optical fibre; these fibres have the potential to revolutionise many application areas including telecommunications, laser power delivery, gas sensing and metrology.

The PhD programme


The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) PhD comprises a solid education for a research career. The structured first year involves attending our training programme running in parallel with carrying out your research project. This provides a smooth transition from your degree course towards the more open-ended research that takes place in the following years under the guidance of your project supervisors. We expect the vast majority of our students to present their work at international conferences and to write papers in leading academic journals as their research progresses. Students will emerge from the PhD with skills at the forefront of future photonics research and will benefit from the many opportunities to interact with the wider community of PhD students across the Southampton Campus through academic, sporting and cultural events.

The ORC is one of the world’s leading photonics research institutes. A PhD here has enabled our past graduates to make successful careers in academia, in national laboratories, and as scientists or business leaders in industry.

Key facts


Entry requirements: first or upper second-class degree or equivalent

Closing date: Applications are considered all year round

Duration: typically 3.5 years (full-time)

Funding: For UK students, full tuition plus an enhanced stipend of £18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. http://www.orc.southampton.ac.uk/phd_funding.html . Overseas students who have secured external funding are welcome to apply.

Assessment: nine-and 18-month reports and viva voce determine progression to PhD; progression reports, viva voce and thesis examination.

Start date: typically October

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