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New Optics Beyond Hertzian Waves: Anapoles and Flying Donuts


Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

About the Project

Supervisory Team:   Nikitas Papasimakis, Nikolay Zheludev

Project description

The Project

This project represents an exciting opportunity to advance optics and electromagnetism in the first radically new direction to emerge since Hertz, Marconi, Popov and Tesla originally developed technology for generating, detecting, and communicating with transverse electromagnetic waves. We will study the generation, detection, and interaction with matter of “Flying Toroids” - a new type of light pulse never experimentally studied before. The project will also explore their application to new forms of spectroscopy for previously unexplored excitations in matter.

Our Research Group

You will join a diverse multinational team of students, postdoctoral and academic staff working together on aspects of cutting-edge nanophotonics research – seeking to control light and light-matter interactions at the sub-wavelength scale. A remarkable range of new phenomena is found in this regime, with wide-ranging potential applications in, for example, telecommunications, metrology, sensing, defence, super-resolution imaging, and data storage.

Our work is supported by major nanophotonics research grants from the EPSRC (£5.6M) and the European Research Council (€2.6M).

You will have opportunity to develop advanced skills in experimental photonics, computational electromagnetic modelling, application of machine learning and artificial intelligence, electron and optical microscopy, and nanofabrication.

It is expected that students will publish papers in leading academic journals and present their work at international conferences as their research progresses.

For further information see: http://www.nanophotonics.org.uk/niz/

The Optoelectronics Research Centre

The ORC is a world-leading photonics research organization. With over 90 state-of-the-art laboratories and 200 researchers working in all areas of photonics, it provides an outstanding interdisciplinary environment for students to grow.

Our extensive training and mentoring programme provides knowledge and skills through photonics lectures, skills training for report writing, project management, time management, presentation skills and full safety training for your research area. These are all essential life skills for the next step in your career.

For further information see: http://www.orc.soton.ac.uk/phd

Key facts

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

Funding: Full tuition plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. Limited funding for EU applicants is available. Overseas students who have secured or are seeking external funding are also welcome to apply.

For further information see https://www.orc.soton.ac.uk/fees-and-funding

How to apply: Applications should be made online – see https://www.orc.soton.ac.uk/how-to-apply.

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:

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Nikitas Papasimakis (Nanophotonics Research Group) and/or Dr Eric Plum (Nanophotonics Research Group/ORC Admissions), Email: / .

Closing date: Applications are accepted throughout the year. Start date will typically be September/October 2021, but other dates are possible.


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