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Temporal laser cavity solitons microcombs

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  Prof Alessia Pasquazi, Dr Juan Sebastian Totero-Gongora  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This theoretical/experimental PhD project will focus on developing an optical clock based on a new type of nonlinear optical wave, called temporal laser cavity soliton, recently discovered in the Emergent Photonics laboratory [1,2] for ultra-efficient and resilient microcombs ( You will work in the team of Prof Alessia Pasquazi, funded by her recent ERC starting grant ‘Temporal laser cavity solitons microcombs’ (

Miniaturised atomic clocks in a portable format are expected to change the way we access to timing, positioning and navigation. They are a fundamental building block for the new generation of quantum sensors and could play a key role in making our society resilient to GPS spoofing and jamming. ( ).

As every clock, a portable optical atomic clock is composed of two fundamental components [3]: a reference (an ultraprecise atomic oscillator) and a counter (an optical frequency comb, a special laser developed by the Nobel prizes John Hall and Theodor Hänsch[4]).

Microcombs are special pulsed lasers based on millimetre size optical resonators. Firstly discovered in 2007[5], they have galvanised the attention of photonic scientists with the promise to realise the full potential of frequency combs in a compact form. To meet the demand of practical atomic clocks, microcombs needs, however, to become an efficient, robust and reliable technology.

Starting from a configuration where the microresonator is inserted inside the laser cavity itself, this project addresses the physics of microcomb in a holistic fashion, considering the whole set of effects that play a role in the system and provide a path towards robustness[1,2].


Primary Supervisor

Prof Alessia Pasquazi

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Secondary Supervisor

Dr Juan Sebastian Totero Gongora

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Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Excellent students with a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in STEM subjects that overlap with the subject field of photonics (e.g. physics, engineering, applied mathematics, advanced mechanics) will be considered.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

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How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select Physics. Please quote the advertised reference number: SCI23-AP in your application.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents. See studentship assessment criteria.

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Funding Notes

UK fee
Fully funded full-time degree per annum
International fee
Fully funded full-time degree per annum
Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘SCI23-’ in the School of Science.
If awarded, the studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £17,668 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. While we welcome applications from international students, please be advised that the total value of the studentship will cover the international tuition fee only
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