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Ultrafast Complex Laser Field Synthesis

   Department of Physics

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  Dr A Zair  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

We are looking to hire an excellent and very motivated student to conduct a PhD project in X-ray metrology of materials. She/He/They will develop a new designed femtosecond laser source that will provide complex femtosecond laser field synthesis. The ultrafast laser design is based on chirp pulse amplification technique in ytterbium fibre amplifier [1]. The PhD student will explore the synthesis of complex strong laser fields from spatio-temporal tailoring, complex polarisation, complex topology and investigate their interaction with matter, in particular strong non-linearity in solid phase materials from quantum materials to metamaterials. The ‘Ultrafast complex laser field synthesis’ project will be held at both the Attosecond Physics Laboratory at King’s College London situated at the heart of London, UK.

Candidate Requirements:

The candidate should have completed an MSc in Physics with strong photonics components to high standard (overall marks equivalent to first -class honours degree or above 80%).

The candidate should have prime expertise in either:

·      Ultrafast Laser Physic

·      Femtosecond Lasers based on Chirp pulse amplification technique

·      Fibre amplifications

·      Processing/modelling using matlab, python, zeemax

·      Excellent communication skills

·      Excellent English written and spoken communication skills see

·      Team working

The candidate should have secondary expertise in either:

·      Condensed matter physics

·      Quantum materials

·      Metamaterials

·      Machine learning

The successful candidate will participate to the group activities and be supported to take initiative and participate to conferences and collaborations.

Start date: October 2022

For enquiries please contact: Dr Amelle Zair, [Email Address Removed]

For full information on how to apply:


The Physics department at King’s College London supports Diversity and Equality and we invite all eligible candidates to apply.

The Physics department at King’s College London was awarded the Silver Swan medal and Juno Champion award from IOP:

Funding Notes

The project is funded via OND’s and AMOS projects from KCL-UP joint program and The Royal Society for supporting UK/ EU student status. International students will be considered for funding support as well.


[1] Krebs et al, Nature photonics 7 (7), 555-559 (2013)
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