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Toward a new generation of high-power THz radiation sources

Project Description

Despite the great development of electromagnetic radiation sources in the 20th century; sources in the THz band, creating the “THz gap” in the electromagnetic spectrum. In recent years, solid-state sources were developed as THz sources with limited power in the milliwatt range and a narrow frequency band, thus preventing THz sources from achieving its full potential in applications.

The project provides an exciting opportunity to work on developing a new generation of THz radiation sources, capable of operating at tens of watts of power over a wide range of frequencies in the THz range, allowing significant advancement in applications covering medical diagnostics, chemical analysis techniques, and airport security devices. The THz source developed in this project will be a plasma-based radiation source driven by laser and electron beam, where the parameters of the plasma will be controlled to generate radiation in the THz range. The work in this project combines simulating plasma on high performance computing clusters, in addition to experimental diagnostics of the plasma and the generated radiation, which involves using high power lasers, keV electron beam, and nonlinear optical techniques.

When applying please ensure you Quote the supervisor & project title you wish to apply for and note ‘NTHU-UoL Dual Scholarship’ when asked for details of how plan to finance your studies.

The ideal candidate of this positions is an enthusiastic student with physics or electrical engineering background, with a strong background in math and/or good experimental skills, with eagerness to learn new things and willingness to travel and experience different cultures.

This project is part of a 4 year Dual PhD degree programme between the National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in Taiwan and the University of Liverpool in England. As Part of the NTHU-UoL Dual PhD Award students are in the unique position of being able to gain 2 PhD awards at the end of their degree from two internationally recognised world leading Universities. As well as benefiting from a rich cultural experience, Students can draw on large scale national facilities of both countries and create a worldwide network of contacts across 2 continents.

All of the projects undertaken on the Dual PhD are aimed at working towards the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development. In 2015 World leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These goals are aimed at ending poverty, fighting inequality and stopping climate change. This project is specifically targeted at Goal 9 – to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.

Funding Notes

This project is a part of a 4-year dual PhD programme between National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in Taiwan and the University of Liverpool in England. It is planned that students will spend 2 years at NTHU, followed by 2 years at the University of Liverpool.

Both the University of Liverpool and NTHU have agreed to waive the tuition fees for the duration of the project and stipend of TWD 11,000/month will be provided as a contribution to living costs (the equivalent of £280 per month when in Liverpool).


For academic enquires please contact Dr. Mohamad Hasan ([email protected]) or
Professor Yen-Chieh Huang ([email protected])

For enquires on the application process or to find out more about the Dual programme please contact [email protected]

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