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Ultra-nonlinear epsilon-near-zero flat optics

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Design and characterisation of different artificial materials for the design of ultra-fast tuneable photonics devices. Giant epsilon-near-zero nonlinearities are targeted to allow subwavelength manipulation of light in both classic and quantum regime.

This is an experimental project (60% Optics Lab, 35% Numerical, 5% Fabrication) along which the selected candidate will develop the design of novel integrated photonic components for the efficient manipulation of light along optical paths of few hundreds of nm. All the targeted functionalities (frequency conversion, wavefront shaping, entanglement, etc.) are of paramount importance for the implementation of numerous fundamental components operating in both classic and quantum regime. At the centre of the project is a new class of highly nonlinear materials (transparent conducting oxides) which exhibit exceptional optical properties in the optical range where the dielectric permittivity approaches zero. The simulated systems are planned to be fabricated within the framework of an ongoing international USA-UK collaboration that relies of world-class facilities and knowhow. The optical characterisation of all the photonic elements will be carried out by the selected candidate at the Heriot-Watt University (http://www.asn-lab.org), however some availability to travel abroad is required.

The outlined work-plan will allow to develop numerous hands-on skills for the manipulation/characterisation of light via optical set-ups as well as mastering fundamental software broadly used by both academic and industrial worlds.

Requirements

All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng or equivalent degree by Autumn 2019. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype). DTP’s are only open to UK/EU applicants. DTP Studentships are only available for students who meet residency requirements set out by EPSRC

Closing Date

All successful candidates must commence studies by 1st December 2019 at the very latest.

How to Apply

Apply Online: https://hwacuk.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Admissions/Pages/Login.aspx
When applying through the Heriot-Watt on-line system please ensure you provide the following information:

(a) in ‘Study Option’
You will need to select ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘Postgraduate Research’. ‘Programme’ presents you with a drop-down menu. Choose Bio-Engineering & Bio-Science PhD, Chemistry PhD, Physics PhD, Chemical Engineering PhD, Mechanical Engineering PhD or Electrical PhD as appropriate and select October 2019 for study option (this can be updated at a later date if required)
(b) in ‘Research Project Information’
You will be provided with a free text box for details of your research project. Enter Title and Reference number of the project for which you are applying and also enter the supervisor’s name.

This information will greatly assist us in tracking your application.

Please note that once you have submitted your application, it will not be considered until you have uploaded your CV and transcripts.

Funding Notes

The annual stipend will be approx. £14,777 and full fees will be paid, for 3.5 years.

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