About the Project
The frequency range between 0.1 and 3 THz holds promise for a myriad of applications such as high-speed communication and remote sensing. Hence, a great deal of effort has been carried out in recent times toward the development of the components and systems operating in such frequency range. However, even with state-of-the-art THz devices any foreseen application will struggle to deliver the expected impact due to the lack of channel characterization at those frequencies. This experimental PhD research programme will focus on the characterization of Terahertz scattering from random (rough) surfaces, frequency selective surface (metasurface) wallpapers, and inhomogeneous media. Knowledge of surface properties and propagation media at a length scale corresponding to sub-millimetre wavelengths is fairly limited and both experimental characterisation and modelling are required enable the construction of suitable channel models. The PhD student will carry out (i) experimental work using a state-of-the-art THz time-domain spectrometer and THz vector network analyser; and (ii) numerical modelling. Other activities supporting the study will also be carried out when required. We expect the PhD candidate to develop the expertise required to lead an experimental research project, to train students, to interact with colleagues with different backgrounds (physics and engineering) and from different disciplines (i.e., electromagnetism, radio-propagation, material science). Details of the project will be agreed with the interested candidates to tailor the research to his/her interests. The research programme will take place in an international and interdisciplinary environment, which will substantially favour collaboration opportunities 1) within the School of Physics and Astronomy, 2) within the School of Engineering, and 3) within other research institutions.
Applications are sought from highly motivated students graduating with first degree (first class honours) in physics or engineering. Funding is awarded by the School on a competitive basis, depending on the strength of the applicant. The funding is only available to UK/EU nationals, and it will cover tuition fees and provide a stipend for 3.5 years. Non-EU students must be self-funded. For details of the funding available and advice on making your application, please contact: [Email Address Removed]