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Microwave Photonics: Waveform Generation and Applications


Project Description

A fully funded PhD studentship to start September 2019 is available in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, Bangor University. The three-year studentship, supported by Bangor University’s Great Heritage Fund, will cover the UK/EU tuition fee, provide a maintenance stipend in line with UKRI rates (provisionally £14,553 per annum for full time award holders) and funding for research costs. The primary supervisor will be Dr Yanhua Hong, with co-supervision from Prof. Paul Spencer and Prof. Chris Hancock.
Project Overview:
Frequency-modulated continuous wave (FMCW) microwave signals have special properties, which may be applied to new and novel applications. The prime application for FMCW microwave signals is in continuous-wave radar systems to simultaneously measure target distance and moving speed. FMCW microwave signals have also been used in biomedical applications.
The aim of this project is to use photonics to assist FMCW microwave generation and investigate their application to medical and biological uses, for example identifying tissue layers within the body. The project will involve numerical and experimental investigation of the generation of FMCW microwaves based on nonlinear dynamics of optical injection semiconductor lasers.
This project is suitable for students with a good undergraduate degree in physics, engineering or a related subject and an interest in experimental and simulation studies leading to the real-world application of technology.
Prior experiences of one or more of the following areas is advantageous: 1) Optical components, including semiconductor lasers, SOAs and VCSELs; 2) Nonlinear dynamics of semiconductor lasers; 3) MATLAB; 4) LabVIEW.
Bangor University is a vibrant research-led institution, uniquely situated between the mountains of Snowdonia and the sea. The School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering has over 30 academic staff and support staff. Core research interests include: optoelectronics, organic electronics, laser micromachining, optical communication, medical devices, materials for extreme environments, nuclear engineering, data science and visualisation and modelling graphics.

Funding Notes

Applications invited from candidates with a minimum of a 2i Honours degree, or appropriate Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering, Physics, or a related discipline. Applicants must provide a CV (including the names and addresses of two referees) and a letter of motivation explaining why they want to apply for the project and detailing any relevant experience they have. Send to:
Closing date for applications is 31 March 2019. Interviews to be held approximately four weeks after the closing date.
Apply via the University’s on-line Direct Applications system View Website
Informal enquiries should also be directed to Dr Yanhua Hong ().

How good is research at Bangor University in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 12.60

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