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Optical code based high speed secure optical Communication system

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  • Full or part time
    Dr X Wang
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The information security is one of the biggest issues in telecommunication network and is receiving significant attentions worldwide. Optical communication systems form the backbone of the modern information society. Protect information security in optical communication system is one of the biggest challenges for the future communication network.

The project will investigate high speed (up to 100 Gbps) secure optical communication system based on optical code technology. Quantum technology will also be used. The project requires both theoretical and experimental investigations and the student has the opportunity to carry out experiments a world leading telecommunication labs in Japan and UK.

We will consider student with good undergraduate Physics or Electronic Engineering backgrounds, or related disciplines. Studentship is available for UK and EU citizens. The studentship will cover all tuition fees and offer an enhanced stipend for a full four years. Self-funded students from other countries are also welcome to apply.

Heriot-Watt’s Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences is a thriving environment for PhD research, having a total of 160 academics, postdocs, PhD and EngD students working full-time in the general photonics field. Heriot-Watt is based in a modern environment on the outskirts of Edinburgh, with excellent transport links to the centre of one of Europe’s most exciting cities. Heriot-Watt was recently awarded (November 2013) an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics, cementing Heriot-Watt’s reputation as a centre of excellence in photonics, and providing PhD students with an even more attractive environment for study, as well as enhanced training opportunities. IPaQS is one of the main partners in the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) whose Graduate School provides added value to PhD student education in Scottish Physics Departments, principally in terms of inter-University video-linked taught courses and transferable skills tuition.

Funding Notes

This research project has funding attached. Funding for this project is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full department and project details for further information.

All tuition fees are paid and we offer an enhanced stipend for a full four years. Funding restrictions mean that only UK and EU citizens are eligible to be considered.


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Interested student please contact Dr. Xu Wang for more details (email: [email protected], Website:

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