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PhD Studentship: High finesse rod resonator circuits for quantum sensing

Photonic Systems Circuits & Sensors Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Sunday 30 June 2019
Reference:  1138419PN

Supervisor: Dr James Gates (gates@soton.ac.uk)

Co-supervisors: Prof Peter Smith

Our friendly team of 20 researchers specialises in the development and manufacturing of novel optoelectronic devices for applications in quantum technology, integrated optical sensors and laser optics.   

High finesse rod resonator circuits for quantum sensing

The objective of this project is to develop a platform for real-world deployable high-finesse optical resonators. In the past several years high finesse cavities have led to a number impressive demonstrations such as optical comb generation, entangled single photon generation for a variety of the sensor systems. Following on from innovations realised during a previous Dstl studentship, this project will develop a fabrication methodology and explore a new range of integrated resonator circuits. A key aim of the project is to improve the robustness of high-finesse cavities via commercially scalable fabrication process. 

The project will be laboratory focused which will involve cleanroom fabrication, development of bespoke laser based fabrication methods and optical characterisation. The PhD is funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), as part of the UK’s Quantum Technology programme. As such the student will also benefit from regular interaction and site visits with Dstl staff. 

The PhD programme

Our world-leading research centre is a hive of activity with over 250 staff and students working on cutting-edge research to provide innovative solutions for real life problems in manufacturing, communication technology, defence, health care, renewable energy and the environment.

We are looking for the photonic engineers of the future to join our friendly and vibrant research team and work alongside our department of world-class researchers. Our PhD programme offers a solid start to any career in optics and photonics, whether you are planning to stay in academia or work in industry. 

Candidate Requirements:

Applications would be welcome from candidates holding good degrees (1st class, 2:1 honours or MSc) in physics, materials science, mechanical or electronic engineering. Experimental skills are essential. This position includes an annual stipend of £18,000 (tax free) and allowance to enable attendance at international conferences. As this post is funded by Dstl it is subject to eligibility and administrative checks prior to acceptance.

How to apply:

To apply, please submit an application for a PhD in the Optoelectronics Research Centre to the University of Southampton including that you wish to apply for a project within Prof. Peter Smith’s group. Please see the following address for more details: https://www.orc.soton.ac.uk/phd  

Closing date: applications should be made as soon as possible, this position must be filled by the end of June 2019. Informal discussions are welcome prior to full submissions.

Duration: three and a half years (full-time)                                           Start date: October 2019

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