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Ultrashort pulse and narrow linewidth, diode-pumped Ti:sapphire lasers: towards adaptable tools for advanced sensing and quantum technologies

   Institute of Photonics

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  Prof Alan Kemp, Dr Jennifer Hastie  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Expected start date: 1 October 2022

Duration: 3.5yrs

Key words: laser, ultrafast, photonics, quantum technologies.

Lasers have long been a driving force of technological change, and their importance has only been amplified by their role as a key enabler in the burgeoning fields of quantum technologies and advanced sensors. Perhaps the most scientifically important laser of all is Ti:sapphire; however, these lasers are generally expensive and cumbersome. The Strathclyde team were the first to demonstrate direct diode-laser pumping of Ti:sapphire – a means to make these lasers both less expensive and more manufacturable. This studentship will be part of an existing team at Strathclyde working to exploit this approach to develop narrow linewidth and ultrashort pulse Ti:sapphire lasers for future applications in optical clocks and compact frequency combs (e.g. The studentship will be mainly lab based and will link in with the teams academic and industrial collaborators.

Institute of Photonics: The Institute of Photonics (IoP), part of the Department of Physics, is a centre of excellence in applications-oriented research at the University of Strathclyde. The Institute’s key objective is to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial applications and development in the area of photonics. The IoP is located in the £100M Technology and Innovation Centre on Strathclyde’s Glasgow city centre campus, at the heart of Glasgow’s Innovation District, where it is co-located with the UK’s first Fraunhofer Research Centre. Researchers at the IoP are active in a broad range of photonics fields under the areas of Photonic Devices, Advanced Lasers and Neurophotonics, please see:

Strathclyde Physics is a member of SUPA, the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance.

The University of Strathclyde has, in recent years, been the recipient of the following awards: The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in the field of Advanced Manufacturing (2021); Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 Scottish University of the Year, The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2020 (and 2019), The Times Higher Education UK University of the Year 2019/2020 (and 2012/2013), The Times Higher Education Widening Participation Initiative of the Year 2019 and UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2013/2014.

Student eligibility: To enter our PhD programme, applicants require an upper-second or first class BSc Honours degree, or a Masters qualification of equal or higher standard, in Physics, Engineering or a related discipline. Full funding, covering fees and stipend, is available for applicants who are UK Nationals (meeting residency requirements) or have settled status (meeting residency requirements), pre-settled status or otherwise have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

How to apply: Applicants should send an up-to-date CV to [Email Address Removed]. Early applications are very welcome: applications will be accepted at any time but will need to be received by 28 February 2022 at the latest to meet funder deadlines. 

Funding Notes

The funding covers the full stipend and tuition fees at the home rate (not the international rate). To be classed as a home student, applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Be a UK national (meeting residency requirements), or
• Have settled status, or
• Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
• Have indefinite leave to remain or enter.
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