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Terahertz Sensing with Trapped Electromagnetic Fields

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  • Full or part time
    Dr S Hanham
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

The photon energies in the terahertz frequency band (0.1 to 10 THz) corresponds to the rotational and vibrational modes of many complex molecules, making the frequency range of interest for many biological and security sensing applications. By using an electromagnetic resonator, terahertz fields can be trapped and confined, allowing light-matter interactions to be enhanced for any substance introduced into the resonator cavity.

This PhD research programme will focus on the development of integrated electromagnetic resonator devices for future terahertz sensing platforms that push the limits of sensing sensitivity. The project will involve performing electromagnetic simulations, high frequency electrical characterisation and cleanroom fabrication.

The PhD candidate should have completed (or be about to complete) his/her undergraduate degree in Electronic Engineering or Physics (preferably with first class honours or equivalent). The PhD candidate is expected to have a keen interest in electromagnetism and strong computational skills. Details of the project will be agreed upon with the successful candidate to tailor the research to their interests.

The research programme will take place in the Emerging Device Technology (EDT) research group ( in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and System Engineering at the University of Birmingham.

For details of the funding available, advice on applying or any other informal enquiries, please contact Dr Stephen Hanham at [Email Address Removed]. Applications can be submitted at by including the title of the project and the name of the supervisor (Dr Stephen Hanham).

Funding Notes

Funding is awarded on a competitive basis, is only available to UK/EU nationals and covers the tuition fees and provides a living stipend for 3.5 years. Non-EU candidates with the correct qualifications will only be considered if they are self-funded or funded via other means.

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Electronic, Electrical and computer engineering

FTE Category A staff submitted: 26.20

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