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Next-generation physical security devices exploiting 2D materials

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    Dr R Young
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

This project combines cutting edge material science, quantum physics and information security, to drive a major evolution in physical security systems. Recently-discovered two-dimensional materials, with extraordinary physical properties extending well beyond those of graphene alone, will be the active component in the devices studied. They act as a near ideal interface between light and electronics, allowing information exchange between the two with unprecedented fidelity. The elegant access to quantum mechanics afforded by these devices will be applied to securing connections between the devices making up the Internet of Things, which are predicted to exceed 50 billion in just a few years.

In this experimental project you will be trained to use state-of-the-art facilities in the Quantum Technology Centre at Lancaster to test develop quantum security devices using graphene-like materials incorporated into photonic devices. You will be taught to use nano-fabrication tools to prepare the devices for integration with embedded systems. Working with a GCHQ-backed centre of excellence in cyber security you will test the devices you create. The far-reaching goal of this project is for you to commercialise the technology through a spin-out company, Quantum Base, which focuses on quantum security systems.

Background reading:

• – more on the Lancaster group’s research and recent publications
• – details of the commercial sponsor for this CASE project

The Physics Department is holder of Athena SWAN Silver award and JUNO Championship status and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department

Please contact Dr Young for informal discussions or further details: email – [Email Address Removed], phone – 01524 592222.

Deadline – 31 January 2017

Funding Notes

This project is funded by EPSRC, with a top-up from a commercial partner, so normal funding rules apply. The full fees for UK students are included, along with a standard RCUK stipend of £14,296/annum, pus £3,000/annum from the commercial partner.


Background reading:

• – more on the Lancaster group’s research and recent publications.
• - details of the commercial sponsor for this CASE project

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