Information on this PhD research area can be found further down this page under the details about the Widening Participation Scholarship given immediately below.
Applications for this PhD research are welcomed from anyone worldwide but there is an opportunity for UK candidates (or eligible for UK fees) to apply for a widening participation scholarship.
Widening Participation Scholarship: Any UK candidates (or eligible for UK fees) is invited to apply. Our scholarships seek to increase participation from groups currently under-represented within research. A priority will be given to students that meet the widening participation criteria and to graduates of the University of Salford. For more information about widening participation, follow this link: https://www.salford.ac.uk/postgraduate-research/fees. [Scroll down the page until you reach the heading “PhD widening participation scholarships”.] Please note: we accept applications all year but the deadline for applying for the widening participation scholarships in 2024 is 28th March 2024. All candidates who wish to apply for the MPhil or PhD widening participation scholarship will first need to apply for and be accepted onto a research degree programme. As long as you have submitted your completed application for September/October 2024 intake by 28 February 2024 and you qualify for UK fees, you will be sent a very short scholarship application. This form must be returned by 28 March 2024. Applications received after this date must either wait until the next round or opt for the self-funded PhD route.
Project description: Quantitative polarisation measurements, i.e., polarimetry, have a long history in scientific research, for instance, in astronomy, in remote sensing, in magnetooptical studies, and in the context of ellipsometry and Mueller matrix determination. Furthermore, photoelastic modulator (PEM) based polarimetry has recently found its application in plasma physics, where the polarisation of helium atomic emission was used to probe the electron velocity distribution in electron cyclotron resonance heating. Polarimetry has also broad industrial applications, for measuring the concentration of optically active substances in a solution. Such polarimeters are used extensively in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
We have recently developed a novel polarimetric imaging microscope. Please refer to the link https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-95674-4 for further details.
The PhD projects on offer will be focused on the application of the polarimetric microscopic imaging of biological and novel material systems, and the development of multimodal imaging, for instance comparative studies of polarimetric and fluorescence imaging and fluorescence imaging with polarimetric analysis.