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Optical frequency combs and hollow core fibres for photonics-based generation and manipulation of ultra-wide bandwidth signals

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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Prof Radan Slavik No more applications being accepted Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Supervisor: Professor Radan Slavik
Co-supervisor Professor David J. Richardson

Project description

We are looking for applicants with an interest in photonics, photonics signals and components, and their precise control, to investigate new architectures of photonics-enabled generation and processing of optical and radiofrequency (RF) signals.

The work combines technologies related to Optical frequency combs (Nobel Prize in 2005) and newly-emerging types of optical fibres developed and manufactured in the Optoelectronics Research Centre (‘hollow core fibres’).

Optical frequency combs are light sources that have spectrum consisting of many tones that have very precise equidistant spacing (hence the name), enabling spectral measurement with extremely-high precision and over very large spectral range. Besides revolutionising time measurement (e.g., one of the key enablers to future re-definition of the second), they are amply used in astronomy (optical combs are today even on satellites), or for fundamental study of atoms (e.g., to measure fundamental properties of matter like proton radius).

Hollow core fibres (HCFs) are novel optical fibres in which light is trapped and guided with low loss in an air core, as opposed to in glass in a conventional optical fibre; these fibres will soon revolutionise many application areas including precise measurement, telecommunications, laser power delivery, gas sensing and metrology.
The project is supported with substantial funding from a £6m EPSRC-funded AirGuide Photonics programme grant, hosted at the world-renowned Optoelectronics Research Centre.

About the Optoelectronics Research Centre

The ORC has led the world in optical fibre technology research for the past 50 years. With over 90 state-of-the-art laboratories and 200 researchers working in all areas of photonics, the ORC provides an outstanding interdisciplinary environment for students to grow. Its cluster of 12 photonics spin-out companies provides a natural career path for PhD graduates.

The group has an excellent track record of publishing in high profile research journals and international conferences. Its former PhD and postdoctoral researchers have made successful careers in universities worldwide or as industry scientists and business leaders.

In the first year of your PhD a structured training programme runs alongside the research project, providing a gradual transition from taught degree to open-ended research. Students present their work at conferences worldwide, first-author papers in leading academic journals and emerge with skills at the forefront of glass and fibre optics research

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Further Airguide Photonics information:

To discuss any details of the project or arrange a visit, please contact Professor Radan Slavik ([Email Address Removed]).

Entry Requirements
A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications are accepted throughout the year but start date is typically October 2020.

Funding: full tuition for EU/UK Students plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. EU students with no external funding can contend for a small number of competitive scholarships. Students from overseas who have secured some external funding are also encouraged to apply.

How To Apply:
Applications should be made online here selecting “Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science” under the Faculty and then “PhD ORC (Full time)” as the programme.

Applications should include:
Curriculum Vitae
Two reference letters
Degree Transcripts to date
Apply online:

For further information please contact: [Email Address Removed]
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