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Integrated optical elements for miniaturised atom traps


Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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Prof P Smith No more applications being accepted Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Supervisor: Prof. Peter Smith,
Co-supervisor Dr Corin Gawith, Dr James Gates & Dr Christopher Holmes

Project description

This project will involve development of glass on silicon waveguide components to couple light into magneto-optical traps. Working closely with partners in Southampton Physics Dept, Sussex University and Birmingham University the studentship will work on some of the most exciting challenges in miniaturisation of this important technology for real world applications.
With a background in physics, electronics, material science or engineering successful candidates will be enthusiastic to work in a multi-disciplinary team with top quality collaborators across the UK and worldwide. The work will involve cleanroom fabrication, optical design, testing, modelling and theoretical work.

The PhD programme
Our world-leading research centre is a hive of activity with over 200 staff and students working on cutting-edge research to provide innovative solutions for real life problems in manufacturing, communication technology, defence, health care, renewable energy and the environment.
We are looking for the photonics pioneers of the future to join our vibrant research team and work alongside our world-class researchers to make history. Our physics and materials science PhD programme offers a solid start to any career in optics and photonics, whether you are planning to stay in academia or work in industry.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr James Gates, Optical Engineering & Quantum Photonics Research Group, Email: [Email Address Removed] Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 78411.

Entry Requirements
A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent or MSc in physics, materials science, mechanical or electronic engineering).

Experimental skills are essential. In addition to the standard EPSRC PhD studentship, this position includes an annual allowance to enable attendance at international conferences. This post is open to UK and EU citizens only, due to standard EPSRC eligibility requirements

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 30 April 2020 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Duration: typically three and a half years (full-time)

Funding: full tuition plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

How To Apply

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD Optoelectronics (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter Peter Smith under the proposed supervisor.

Applications should include:
Curriculum Vitae
Two reference letters
Degree Transcripts to date
Apply online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page

For further information please contact: [Email Address Removed]
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