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Nanoscale assembly methods for manufacturing of quantum photonic systems

   Institute of Photonics

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  Prof Michael Strain, Prof Martin Dawson  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Technological advances such as chip scale electronics, LED lighting and advanced power generation systems are often underpinned by new techniques in materials science and manufacturing. Photonics and quantum technologies are two rapidly advancing fields that are benefitting from hybrid materials integration and meta-materials science. For example, crystal defects, dopant atoms or electronic confinement structures in solid state materials can act like isolated atoms, providing energy transitions that are easily accessible using RF or optical excitation. By creating these pseudo-atoms ‘on-demand’ in semiconductor or dielectric chips, they can be integrated with laser sources, electronics and sensors to fabricate a wide range of new devices and systems. Examples include ultra-sensitive magnetometers, gravitational sensors, and devices for quantum information processing communications and memories. 

This project will be focused on the development of new micro and nano-fabrication processes for the integration of nano-scale objects with optical and electronic circuits. This will require the development of ultra-precise microscopy and mechanical transfer systems in addition to processing using standard semiconductor cleanroom methods and tools. In order to enable future manufacturing of quantum systems at scale, these processes must be automated and allow for high throughput. The student will gain experience in optical systems design, cleanroom processing, ultra-high precision pick-and-place technology and photonic measurements. This work is aligned with major research projects at the Institute of Photonics and the student will have access to unique nano-assembly tools and processes developed by our group.  Research findings will be published in high impact journals with the opportunity to present at an international conference. 

Institute of Photonics:

The Institute of Photonics (IoP), part of the Department of Physics, is a centre of excellence in applications-oriented research at the University of Strathclyde - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 Scottish University of the Year, The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2019, The Times Higher Education UK University of the Year 2019/20 (and 2012/13), The Times Higher Education Widening Participation Initiative of the Year 2019 and UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2013/14. The Institute’s key objective is to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial applications and development in the area of photonics. The IoP is located in the £100M Technology and Innovation Centre on Strathclyde’s Glasgow city centre campus, at the heart of Glasgow’s Innovation District, where it is co-located with the UK’s first Fraunhofer Research Centre. Researchers at the IoP are active in a broad range of photonics fields under the areas of Photonic Devices, Advanced Lasers and Neurophotonics, please see:

Student eligibility

To enter our PhD programme applicants require an upper-second or first class BSc Honours degree, or a Masters qualification of equal or higher standard, in Physics, Engineering or a related discipline. Full funding, covering fees and stipend, is available for applicants who are UK Nationals (meeting residency requirements) or have settled status (meeting residency requirements), pre-settled status or otherwise have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

How to apply

Applicants should send an up-to-date CV to [Email Address Removed]


Funding Notes

The funding covers the full stipend and tuition fees at the home rate (not the international rate). To be classed as a home student, applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Be a UK national (meeting residency requirements), or
• Have settled status, or
• Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
• Have indefinite leave to remain or enter.
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