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PhD Studentship: Fabrication of multimode on-chip waveguides for infrared and higher-harmonic generation

Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Friday 30 November 2018
Reference:  1062918PN

Supervisor: Massimiliano Guasone

Co-supervisor: Dr. Cosimo Lacava

Project description

Recent years have witnessed a huge interest in a novel class of optical fibres where several spatial modes can propagate. The ability to control the multimode dynamics (that is, the propagation and interaction of different modes) in these fibres has emerged as a new milestone in the landscape of optical communications. It represents indeed one of the most promising solutions to the growing demand of data-traffic in optical networks.

This PhD project aims to open new frontiers in nanophotonics by extending the study of the multimode dynamics to on-chip optical waveguides. By exploiting the interaction between several spatial modes, novel ultra-compact and efficient optical sources will be developed. These sources will allow light emission in a broad frequency spectrum and will find application in several fields from medical, to security and sensors.

The PhD student will acquire a wide range of important skills in the fabrication and experimental characterisation of optical waveguides, as well as in theoretical and computational photonics. He/she will have access to state-of-the art cleanrooms and will enjoy the collaboration with world-leading academics and many industrial partners.

The PhD programme

The Zepler Institute PhD comprises a solid education for a research career. The structured first year involves attending our training programme running in parallel with carrying out your research project. This provides a smooth transition from your degree course towards the more open-ended research that takes place in the following years under the guidance of your project supervisors. We expect the vast majority of our students to present their work at international conferences and to write papers in leading academic journals as their research progresses. Students will emerge from the PhD with skills at the forefront of future fiber laser research and will benefit from the many opportunities to interact with the wider community of PhD students across the Southampton Campus through academic, sporting and cultural events. 

The Zepler Institute is the leading photonics research institute in the UK and possibly in Europe. It comprises state-of-the-art cleanrooms for optical fibre, planar photonics, silicon and bio-photonics fabrication and over 80 laboratories. Computer simulations will benefit from Southampton’s high performance computing cluster Iridis, one of the largest supercomputers in the UK. A PhD at the ZI has enabled our past graduates to make successful careers in academia, in national scientific laboratories, and as scientists or business leaders in industry. Our research papers, patents, spin-off companies and these successful alumni taken together place Southampton amongst the top institutes worldwide. 

Key facts

Entry requirements: first or upper second-class degree or equivalent

Closing date: applications should be received no later than November 2018 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Duration: typically three years (full-time)

Funding: full tuition plus, for UK students, stipend of £14,777 tax-free per annum for 3 years. www.orc.southampton.ac.uk/phd_funding.html 

Assessment: nine-and 18-month reports and viva voce determine progression to PhD; progression reports, viva voce and thesis examination

Start date: 01 December 2018

Applying: www.southampton.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgstudy/howdoiapplypg.html 


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