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Index-near-zero-embedded optical resonators

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

Project Description

Optical cavities (nanoantennas, micro-ring resonators, Fabry-Perot nanocavities, etc.) immersed in an index-near-zero environment will be modelled, fabricated, and characterised. The devices are predicted to show superior performance in terms of energy efficiency, optical nonlinearities, and coupling properties.

Integrated photonic resonators are fundamental optical components for a myriad of practical applications. The behaviour of optical cavities immersed in an index-near-zero environment is not yet fully understood. Theoretical predictions point towards a new class of devices capable of reducing parasitic losses while drastically increasing optical nonlinearities via Purcell enhancement. The project will start from a deep nonlinear characterisation of novel transparent conducting oxide materials and will end with the realisation of complex resonant devices. The project is based on an on-going collaboration with INRS-EMT in Canada. This is an experimental project for which numerous theoretical aspects will need to be deepened by using numerical simulation and developing adequate analytical models (50% optics lab, 50% Simulation+Theory).


All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng or equivalent degree by Autumn 2019. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype). DTP’s are only open to UK/EU applicants. DTP Studentships are only available for students who meet residency requirements set out by EPSRC

Closing Date

All successful candidates must commence studies by 1st December 2019 at the very latest.

How to Apply

Apply Online:
When applying through the Heriot-Watt on-line system please ensure you provide the following information:

(a) in ‘Study Option’
You will need to select ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘Postgraduate Research’. ‘Programme’ presents you with a drop-down menu. Choose Bio-Engineering & Bio-Science PhD, Chemistry PhD, Physics PhD, Chemical Engineering PhD, Mechanical Engineering PhD or Electrical PhD as appropriate and select October 2019 for study option (this can be updated at a later date if required)
(b) in ‘Research Project Information’
You will be provided with a free text box for details of your research project. Enter Title and Reference number of the project for which you are applying and also enter the supervisor’s name.

This information will greatly assist us in tracking your application.

Please note that once you have submitted your application, it will not be considered until you have uploaded your CV and transcripts.

Funding Notes

The annual stipend will be approx. £14,777 and full fees will be paid, for 3.5 years.

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