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  Application of digital holography for underwater measurements
  Dr T Thevar, Dr K Nakkeeran
Applications accepted all year round

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Underwater digital holography is a powerful technique to study marine organisms and marine pollution (e.g. micro-plastics), marine evolution, etc.
  Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy for subsea applications
  Dr T Thevar, Dr S S Aphale
Applications accepted all year round

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Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) is a widely used technique to obtain the elemental constituents of a sample. The process uses a short pulse of focused laser light to evaporate a minute volume of a target substance by highly localized heating to temperatures greater than 5000 K.
  Optical Fibre Lasers
  Dr K Nakkeeran, Dr S S Aphale
Applications accepted all year round

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System modelling and simulation of Optical Fibre Lasers. Optical fibre lasers are widely used in many fields. In the recent past lots of research going on in optical fibre lasers for various applications.
  Optical Fibre Sensors
  Dr K Nakkeeran, Dr S S Aphale
Applications accepted all year round

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System modelling and simulation of Optical Fibre Sensors. Optical fibre sensors are widely used in many fields. In the recent past lots of research going on in optical fibre sensors related to Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) and Photonic Crystal Fibres (PCF).
  Developing and applying genetically encoded proteins as pre-resonant coherent Raman scattering tags for next-generation live-cell imaging
  Dr D Jones, Prof W Langbein, Prof P Borri, Dr P Watson
Application Deadline: 5 June 2020

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EPSRC funded DTP PhD Studentship within the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Hub “Physics of Life”. The Hub is designed as a cross-disciplinary PhD research and training programme at the physics/life science interface.
  Tracking the motion of single nanoparticles inside living cells: New insights into intracellular crowdedness
  Prof P Borri, Dr TE Woolley, Prof W Langbein, Prof K Swann
Application Deadline: 5 June 2020

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EPSRC funded DTP PhD Studentship within the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Hub “Physics of Life”. The Hub is designed as a cross-disciplinary PhD research and training programme at the physics/life science interface.
  A light source for quantum computing and simulation
  Dr A Bennett
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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3.5 years October 2020. We seek a motivated PhD student to work on semiconductor quantum light sources. Light is an ideal carrier of quantum information as photons are fast, cheap and easy to encode with quantum-bits carried in their polarisation, phase, time or path degrees of freedom.
  Direct observation of the structure and function of cooperatively assembled membrane spanning pores formed by antimicrobial peptides
  Dr O Castell, Dr Y Jin, Prof A Jones, Dr PD Watson
Application Deadline: 5 June 2020

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This project will combine multiple single molecule imaging techniques applied to model membranes [1] to study the mechanisms of peptide interaction of established and novel AMPs.
  Energy Harvesting for Autonomous Systems
  Research Group: Condensed Matter and Photonics
  Prof P M Smowton, Prof G Min
Application Deadline: 31 July 2020

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is an exciting global megatrend and UK government priority area, which if to be realised, requires the development of a number of key enabling technologies with potentially huge scientific and market value.
  Optical decoherence and coherent coupling of excitons in quantum dots embedded in photonic cavities
  Research Group: Condensed Matter and Photonics
  Dr E Muljarov, Prof W W Langbein
Applications accepted all year round

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This project in theoretical physics aims to study the coherent dynamics of optical excitations (excitons) in single and multiple semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) strongly coupled to photonic cavities.
  Tunable THz laser source
  Research Group: Condensed Matter and Photonics
  Prof P M Smowton, Prof C Tucker
Application Deadline: 31 July 2020

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A fully tunable and efficient source of THz radiation is required for a large number of security and medical applications.
  Active Colloidal-Quantum-Dot Light Emitting Devices: QD Laser and QD LEDs
  Dr BH Hou, Prof P M Smowton
Applications accepted all year round

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Realization of electrically pumped lighting and lasing with colloidal quantum dots will have a revolutionary impact on many disciplines including display, photonics, optical communication, chemical sensing, and medical diagnostics.
  Controlled coherent coupling of single quantum dots in photonic crystal cavity networks
  Prof W W Langbein, Dr E Muljarov, Dr D Beggs
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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The proposed project spans from the field of optical spectroscopy of semiconductor nanostructures, specifically coherent spectroscopy of single quantum dots, to quantum computing, specifically the implementation of quantum operations in quantum dots.
  Exciton dynamics in diamond and two-dimensional metal dichalcogenide enabled van der Waals heterostructures
  Prof O Williams, Dr BH Hou
Applications accepted all year round

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Two-dimensional (2D) materials offer a platform that allows the creation of heterostructures with a variety of properties. One- atom-thick crystals now comprise a large family of these materials, collectively covering a comprehensive range of features and numerous intrigue scientific challenges.
  Hybrid Energy Harvester Based on Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells and Triboelectric Nanogenerator
  Dr BH Hou, Prof P M Smowton
Applications accepted all year round

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Recent advances in energy harvesting using photovoltaic and triboelectric effects demonstrate outstanding performances of energy harvesters as power supplies.
  Lattice Anchoring Mediated Colloidal Quantum Dot Passivated Perovskite Superlattice Toward High Ambient Tolerance Multiple-Junction Solar Cells
  Dr BH Hou, Prof W W Langbein
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  Quantum coherence and carrier dynamics in colloidal nanostructures from dots to 1D and 2D materials
  Prof W W Langbein, Prof P Borri, Dr E Muljarov
Applications accepted all year round

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Colloidal nanostructures such as semiconductor quantum dots are relatively simple to manufacture, widely tuneable in shape and size and can be made of a large range of materials.
  Understanding carrier dynamics in CuInZnS3 quantum dots toward high-performance indoor photovoltaics.
  Prof W W Langbein, Dr BH Hou
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Project description. CuInZnS3 quantum dots (CIZS QDs) is a non-toxic and phosphide free material which has a significant potential to be used in wearable PVs and indoor PVs [1,2].
  Unravelling the dynamics of lipid bilayers and membrane proteins and their reaction to toxins and viral infection on the single molecule level using label-free microscopy.
  Prof W W Langbein, Prof P Borri, Dr MY Young, Dr O Castell
Application Deadline: 5 June 2020

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Approximately 30% of the proteins in a cell are membrane proteins, which represent more than 60% of all known drug targets and play a critical role in both infection and immunity.
  Development of Novel Low Energy Laser Shock Peening
  Prof M Fitzpatrick, Dr P Shukla, Dr D Tanoko Ardi
Application Deadline: 29 June 2020

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Coventry University and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research in Singapore (A*STAR) are inviting applications from suitably qualified UK/EU/international graduates for one fully-funded PhD studentship for the project ‘Development of Novel Low Energy Laser Shock Peening’.
  Smart Energy Infrastructure for Future Power Networks PhD
  Dr X Zhang, Prof W Guo
Application Deadline: 1 August 2020

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Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship to cover tuition fees* plus stipend of £18,000 per year for three years, to be undertaken in the Centre of Energy Systems and Strategy at Cranfield University, in the field of power and energy systems.
  Optical Simultons in Atomic Vapours
  Dr R M Potvliege, Dr S A Wrathmall
Applications accepted all year round

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Applications are invited by the Quantum, Light and Matter group of Durham University for a theoretical Ph.D. project on the formation and control of simultons in atomic media (two-colour solitonlike optical pulses, which can propagate with little attenuation over surprisingly long distances).
  Measuring whiteness
  Research Group: Vision Research
  Prof A Logvineko, Prof N Strang
Applications accepted all year round

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Ref. SHLS20022. Whiteness is a perceptual quale of a reflecting object, important in many applications (textile industry, dentistry etc.).
  3D laser beam shaping
  Dr R Carter, Dr J D Shephard
Applications accepted all year round

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Combining 2D beam shaping elements (including refractive and diffractive elements) with bespoke focussing optics to shape a laser beam though the entire focal volume rather than in a single focal plane.
  Laser-based manufacture of a micro-needle sensing platform for electrophysiology testing
  Prof D P Hand, Dr M Crichton
Applications accepted all year round

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In this project we seek to develop a multi-mode microneedle sensor that can measure electrical properties and physical tissue changes concurrently.
  Optimization of Ultra-fast Laser Based Production Processes
  Dr R Carter, Prof D P Hand
Applications accepted all year round

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Laser based manufacturing processes have become industry standard tools in a wide range of areas with scales as diverse as automotive and shipbuilding down to electronic circuits and micro medical devices.
  James Watt PhD Studentship in Ultrathin Optical Devices for Polarimetric Imaging
  Dr X Chen
Applications accepted all year round

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Polarization of light contains valuable information that is usually absent in colour and intensity.
  Modelling of tailored parametric processes in nonlinear crystals
  Dr R A McCracken
Applications accepted all year round

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The mathematical PhD project will use a variant of the generalised nonlinear Schrodinger equation (GNSLE) to model parametric processes, in which energy is exchanged between waves through chi(2) and chi(3) effects, and apply the model to the pulse evolution in a class of ultrafast lasers known as optical parametric oscillators (OPOs).
  Novel platforms for integrated quantum devices based on rare earth doped insulating materials
  Dr M Mazzera
Applications accepted all year round

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We offer a 3-year PhD position for a talented, proactive, and strongly motivated candidate who will contribute building a new setup with potential for ground breaking scientific research in the field of solid-state quantum memories for quantum communication applications.
  PhD in experimental quantum networking (EPS2020/14)
  Prof A Fedrizzi
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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A quantum network establishes entanglement between multiple nodes in a network, allowing secure communication over long distance but also distributed quantum computing and more.
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