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Terahertz imaging for spectroscopic applications

Project Description

The Terahertz (THz) range (1-10 THz corresponds to vacuum wavelengths between 30-300 m) represents an exciting portion of the electromagnetic spectrum with unique applications in communications, spectroscopy and imaging. THz imaging has an enormous potential in both fundamental research and industrial applications [1], such as pharmaceutical quality control [2], materials characterisation [3] and biomedical imaging [4]. However, one of the bottlenecks has been the need for raster scanning as part of THz imaging acquisition. Exploiting the compactness of metamaterials and the electrically tenability of graphene [7, 8], this project will combine computational imaging together with graphene integrated metamaterials to enable real-time THz imaging. This project will involve the design, simulation, fabrication and testing of spatial light modulators and detectors based on metamaterials and graphene, operating in the terahertz frequency range and their application in solid-state spectroscopy and imaging. Graphene samples and expertise will be provided by the established collaboration with University of Cambridge. The PhD candidate will develop expertise in device fabrication using standard clean room techniques, as well as proficiency in device characterisation using facilities available in the Engineering Department.

Funding Notes

To be eligible for the studentship, the funding requirements are that you must either be a U.K. citizen or a European Union national. The stipend for eligible students would be £15,009 for 2019/2020 and subject to national adjustments.
For more information contact: Dr. Riccardo Degl’Innocenti () or Dr. Hungyen Lin ().
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