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PhD studentship: Advanced ultra-short pulse two-micron fibre lasers

Fibre & Systems Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Saturday 31 August 2019
Reference:  1115619PN

Supervisor: Professor David Richardson FRS
 Co-supervisor: Dr Jonathan Price

This PhD project will focus on the latest fiber lasers operating in the two-micron wavelength region which have the potential to open-up a wealth of new applications in medical imaging, industrial processing and optical communications. Based on the rare ability to fabricate fibres in-house (one of just two universities in the UK), our pioneering research in the development of Thulium and Holmium lasers moves in parallel with novel fibre developments. 

We are looking for candidates with a background in physics, material sciences or engineering. Students with strong undergraduate mathematical skills are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will emerge as a well-respected young scientist ready to embark on a strong career in this rapidly growing field. 

The project aims to create a world-leading femto/pico-second pulsed fibre laser source, addressing a host of technical challenges in the process. Nonlinear frequency conversion of the output will be used to transfer the power from lasers to longer wavelengths. The work will combine experiments and simulations, together with the theory of lasers and nonlinear optics, matched to your preferences. 

Full tuition funding, plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. www.orc.southampton.ac.uk/phd_funding.  EU students with no external funding can contend for a small number of competitive scholarships. Students from overseas who have secured some external funding are also encouraged to apply. 

To discuss any details of the project or arrange a visit, please contact Dr. Jonathan Price (https://www.orc.soton.ac.uk/people/jhvp), email: jhvp@orc.soton.ac.uk.

About the Optoelectronics Research Centre

The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) is a world-leading institution in optical fibre technology for the past 50 years. With more than 90 state-of-the-art laboratories and 200 researchers working in all areas of photonics, the ORC provides an outstanding interdisciplinary environment for students to grow. Besides, its cluster of ten photonics spin-out companies provides a natural career paths for PhD graduates. 

The group has an excellent track record of publishing in high profile research journals and in leading international conferences. Former PhD and postdoctoral researchers from this group have made successful careers in Universities worldwide or as scientists and business leaders in industry. The quality of our research outputs, the cluster of spin-off companies and the worldwide network of successful alumni place the ORC amongst the top institutes worldwide for doctoral research. 

The ORC PhD provides a solid education for a research career:www.orc.soton.ac.uk/phdprogram. In the first year a structured training programme runs in parallel with the research project, providing a gradual transition from a taught degree to the open-ended research. Students will present their work at conferences worldwide, first-author papers in leading academic journals and will emerge from the PhD with skills at the forefront of glass and fibre optics research https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2_6yNQamkU

Key facts

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

Closing date: applications are welcome throughout the year. 

Duration: typically three and a half years (full-time) 

Assessment: reports at the 8 and 16-month stage and an oral examination to determine progression to PhD, which is awarded after thesis submission and viva voce examination 

Start date: typically October (although later starts might be acceptable)

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

Further information about the ORC: www.orc.soton.ac.uk

Further information about the Airguide Photonics programme: www.airguide.soton.ac.uk 

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