Engineering Doctorate (EngD) - Holographic 3D displays (Holoxica)
Project not available to non UK/EU applicants.
The EngD is an alternative to a traditional PhD aimed at students wanting a career in industry. Students spend about 75% of their time working directly with a company in addition to receiving advanced-level training from a broad portfolio od technical and business courses. On completion students are awarded the PhD-equivalent EngD.
Holoxica is an award-winning technology company working on holographic 3D solutions including digital
holograms and holographic video displays. The scientific literature says that the best approaches to true 3D
visualisation include holography and similar approaches.
Holoxica’s approach is unique because we have taken a pragmatic “bottom-up” view rather than a
traditional “top-down” one taken by the research community. This means we start with very simple displays
and scale them towards more complex ones. The company has developed three generations of holographic
3D motion displays over the past five years, from basic segmented displays to head-up displays (HUDs) to
volumetric displays. At each iteration, the displays improve in performance in terms of resolution, brightness
The ultimate aim is to build a general-purpose high resolution, full-frame rate, colour 3D display that can be
used like a regular computer monitor to view 3D graphics for engineering CAD, scientific data and video
games. The core technology is patented and has won several awards. The technical approach thus far has
included spatial multiplexing with structured illumination and holographic optical elements. The candidate
will build upon the work already conducted to implement the next stage of our technology roadmap.
The scope of the work would include theory, mathematical modelling, simulations using standard and
custom diffractive optics tools and/or Matlab algorithms. This would lead to the design of the optical system
and fabrication of holographic optical elements (via third parties) and integration with other optoelectronic
components to build a proof-of-concept next-generation display. The work is expect to result in
further patent(s), papers and demonstrators.
The candidate would ideally have an MSc in Optics of Optoelectronics or MPhys or MEng; and/or 1-2 years
of industrial experience.
This 4-year (including CDT taught courses) project is funded jointly by Holoxica and by the CDT in Applied Photonics, run by Heriot-Watt University. The annual stipend is £20,326, which includes an enhancement from Holoxica. A substantial consumables and equipment budget is provided by a concurrent EPSRC grant. Travel funding for conference presentations is also available.