Applications are invited from an academically gifted and motivated UK candidate with first (at least upper second) degree in Physics or relevant disciplines, such as Communication and Electrical Engineering Sciences with a keen interest in physics-oriented high impact research to undertake a study on the subject of sub-THz Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar imaging for space situational awareness. The PhD student will work in the renowned Microwave Integrated Systems Laboratory (MISL) of the University of Birmingham.
The PhD topic will focus on the development of “vision-like” imaging capability, where benefits of using sub-THz frequencies are exploited in Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) Detection and Recognition of Space Objects from Space.
The goal of this PhD research project is to provide underpinning studies on the feasibility of sub-THz ISAR imaging capability to assess the change of state of objects under observation Several objectives will be pursued during PhD study: (i) analysis and physics-based modeling of sub-THz scattering on surfaces of scaled space-related objects; (ii) monostatic and bistatic ISAR image formation and multi-aspect data collection (iii) classification of change of state based on anomaly detection and characterization of the imaged space object. Unique sub-THz radar and instrumentation developed in Microwave Integrated Systems Laboratory (MISL) will be used in the project.
The PhD project will be associated with a research project recently undertaken in the MISL. Due to the innovative nature of the research and its high potential to provide an enabler for space technologies, the scientific outcomes of the outlined research will be of high value and interest across space technology areas.
Working alongside research staff and other PhD students at different stages of their studies in MISL as well as a team of experts across academia and DSTL will be beneficial for PhD student personal development in research, integration into a wide research community, and collaboration. Funding of Scholarship is provided by DSTL UK, subject to availability of UK candidate with first-class master degree or equivalent in Physics or Electrical and Communication Engineering Sciences.