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Rendering the Opaque Transparent: Unscrambling Light to See Through Scattering Environments - Physics - EPSRC DTP funded PhD Studentship

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  • Full or part time
    Dr D Phillips
    Dr S Horsley
  • Application Deadline
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

About the award
This project is one of a number funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Partnership to commence in September 2018. This project is in direct competition with others for funding; the projects which receive the best applicants will be awarded the funding.

The studentships will provide funding for a stipend which is currently £14,553 per annum for 2017-2018. It will provide research costs and UK/EU tuition fees at Research Council UK rates for 42 months (3.5 years) for full-time students, pro rata for part-time students.

Please note that of the total number of projects within the competition, up to 15 studentships will be filled.

Location
Streatham Campus, Exeter

Project Description
Imagine looking through a frosted glass window: the scene on the other side is distorted and the detail cannot be perceived. Now hold up a second piece of frosted glass in front of the first - suddenly you can see clearly through both as if they were transparent. This second piece of frosted glass doesn’t currently exist. The aim of this project is to design and build it.

When light propagates through an opaque material, such as a frosted glass window, a multi-mode optical fibre or living tissue, it scatters multiple times. This scattering scrambles any spatial information the light carries, preventing the formation of images of objects behind (or inside) the scattering system. Only relatively recently has it been shown that although highly complex, it is possible to use digital light shaping technology to measure and reverse the scattering, enabling reconstruction of near-perfect images of the scene behind the frosted glass window. This capability promises more than simply looking through frosted glass: it heralds a range of powerful new applications to the fields of in vivo imaging, microscopy and discrete surveillance (e.g. looking around corners), enabling systems capable of imaging in situations previously intractable.

In this project we will design and build devices that manipulate light in new ways, and apply them to a range of new kinds of next generation imaging systems. This project is a 3.5 year long EPSRC funded PhD studentship. The project will involve laboratory-based experiments using lasers, liquid crystal displays and fast cameras. It will also involve programming these devices to work together. This project will suit a highly motivated student who is keen to develop their experimental and programming skills (e.g. LabVIEW, Matlab, Python). There is also a theoretical element to the project, which the student will be able to expand if interested. There will also be the opportunity to travel to international conferences and to work with collaborators on mainland Europe.

Entry Requirements

The majority of the studentships are available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in the UK and are classed as UK/EU for tuition fee purposes. If you have not resided in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship, you are not eligible for a maintenance allowance so you would need an alternative source of funding for living costs. To be eligible for fees-only funding you must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU.

Applicants who are classed as International for tuition fee purposes are NOT eligible for funding. International students interested in studying at the University of Exeter should search our funding database for alternative options.

Funding Notes

3.5 year studentship: UK/EU tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate. Current rate of £14,553 per year.



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