Development & manufacture of laser mirror coatings for future gravitational wave observatories & other space applications
3.5 year PhD opportunity with Biomedical Engineering and the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.
You can study an MPhil or an MRes over one year or a PhD over the course of three to four years. You also have the option of an EngD over four or five years, depending on your research area.
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3.5 year PhD opportunity with Biomedical Engineering and the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.
A three year PhD investigating the efficiency of transient non-thermal plasma discharges for different environmental applications is offered by the High Voltage Technologies (HVT) Research group within the Institute for Energy & Environment.
The proposed project will use a variety of analytical and numerical methods to bring new understanding into a range of real-world problems involving thin films of both simple and complex fluids.
Matrix balancing aims to transform a nonnegative matrix A by a diagonal scaling by matrices D and E so that P = DAE has prescribed row and column sums. Historical motivation for achieving the balance has included interpreting economic data, preconditioning sparse matrices and understanding traffic circulation.
This project is focused on developing and applying next generation detectors for the scanning electron microscopy techniques of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and electron channelling contrast imaging (ECCI).
A project to develop and use a new super-resolution optical microscope to obtain very high spatial resolution images of fluorescently labelled live cells.
Motivated PhD candidates, ideally with a background in laser and/or beam driven plasma wakefield acceleration are required to help lay the foundations in the quest towards 5th generation light sources and ultra-compact electron accelerators - the time-resolved microscopes of the 21st century.
In this PhD project – funded by the Leverhulme Trust and in collaboration with Dr Sonja Franke-Arnold at the University of Glasgow – you will demonstrate storage and processing of OAM information in a rubidium vapour.
PhD position available to undertake frontier research in nanotechnology of noble metal nanoparticles.
An EPSRC funded studentship in theoretical quantum information, specifically the relationship between decoherence, non-classicality, and the efficacy of quantum information tasks.
This PhD project aims to develop a comprehensive suite of tools and techniques that will enable superresolution imaging of nanodiamonds in living tissue, with a particular emphasis on imaging neurons.
The project develops, optimises, and strategically compares accurate mathematical models for the generation of frequency combs in micro-resonators in a close connection with the experiments performed at NPL in Dr Del'Haye's laboratory.
A fully-funded PhD studentship is available in high power laser-plasma physics, working within a vibrant team of experimentalists and theoreticians, to investigate the onset of a new regime of high-field relativistic plasmas.
PhDs are available in an exciting and challenging research area, with a vibrant group of experimentalists and theoreticians developing and applying ultra-compact accelerators and x-ray sources based on laser-plasma interactions.
This project involves different microscopic techniques to investigate semiconductor heterostructures and light-emitting diode devices, performed on our suite of scanning electron microscopes, providing information on material properties at length scales ranging from nanometres to centimetres.
This PhD will investigate novel ways to laser cool two-electron atoms all the way to Bose-Einstein condensation – to provide new insight into the formation of condensates, and potential applications in precision measurements.
A fully-funded position to undertake research in the ground-breaking field of quantum sensing and measurement, after the first year specialising in Magnetometry.
A fully-funded position to undertake research in the ground-breaking field of quantum sensing and measurement, after the first year specialising in Atomic Clocks.
A fully-funded position to undertake research in the ground-breaking field of quantum sensing and measurement, after the first year specialising in Atom Interferometry.
We focus on new nonlinear regimes with input powers so low that they enable all-optical processing and the exploitation of the fundamental advantages of quantum technologies at the nanoscale.
This project will develop chip scale optoelectronic systems through the 3-dimensional printing of nanoscale building block components such as nanolasers and thin film electronics.
Diamond is an exciting and enabling material of laser engineering. This project will aim to exploit diamond directly as a laser gain material so as to fully exploit its excellent thermal and mechanical properties.
Advances in microscopy allow imaging on scales ranging from single molecules to whole organism. This project involves developing a microscope that will allow images of whole invertebrates (likely C. Elegans nematode worms) be correlated with nanoscopic (super-reolution) images of sub-cellular regions within them.
We invite outstanding and motivated students to join our team, for research on ultracold atoms in optical lattices. We use a quantum-gas microscope to measure the dynamics of ultracold fermions at the single atom level.
This project is focussed on advanced modern image analysis and pattern recognition methods to study the microscopy and spectroscopy of semiconductor structures and devices. Developing automated and robust methods to look at images and video will revolutionise this area.
We explore nonlinear quantum regimes of the coupling between light and matter for ultra-low power micro and nano-lasers. These are promising candidates to achieve high efficiency, high speed, and a small footprint.
Two PhD positions for UK and EU students are available funded by University of Strathclyde and collaboration partners to work on laser-plasma based particle accelerators and plasma photonics for high power lasers via theory and large scale of numerical simulation.
In this project we will investigate various approaches for on-demand engineering of trapped spin states in charged quantum dots through a series of coherent control experiments that will explore how the different approaches affect the performance of all optically operated universal single qubit gates.
This project in quantum optics will analyse practical quantum radar and lidar scenarios with realistic detectors in a jamming/spoofing environment.
This project focuses on the realisation of quantum phenomena in commercially-compatible electronic devices, such as transistors and diodes in silicon carbide. The main goal is to couple electron spins to electromagnetic radiation, in order to manipulate and read quantum states.
Gallium oxide is an emerging semiconductor offering promises for applications in ultraviolet optical devices. The project aims to improve our understanding of the material, elucidate the mechanisms leading to its optical properties, and exploit the findings to produce better devices.
This project will develop new numerical techniques for studying many-body quantum systems far from equilibrium, exploring the possible phase transitions which can be realised.
This experimental project will investigate the quantum properties of the frequency combs generated via parametric processes in integrated platforms (waveguides and microresonators). The student will work on the generation, characterisation and applications of highly entangled cluster states.
Modelling of laser light propagating in micro-ring resonators in collaboration with experiments performed at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen (Germany). Applications of these devices are in atomic clocks, quantum technologies, telecommunication, GPS and integrated photonic circuits.
Free-Electron Lasers (FELs) use electron beams produced by particle accelerators to generate intense electromagnetic radiation from microwaves into the hard X-ray, which is of particular interest to a wide range of users. This project will look at developing new types of FEL output further enhancing their applications.
Wide bandgap semiconductors are vital materials for applications in ultraviolet optoelectronic devices. The project will investigate the photoconduction properties of several wide bandgap semiconductors, with a particular focus on corundum phase alpha Gallium Oxide (α-Ga2O3).
The advance of integrated electronics for the control and readout of semiconductor quantum devices will be the focus of this experimental project. The student will develop both classical and quantum hardware and will characterise it at cryogenic temperatures.
Micro-LED technology offers high-resolution displays with an unprecedented nanosecond time response. In this project, we will develop sophisticated pattern-projection systems based on custom micro-LED displays and explore their applications in quantum-enhanced imaging using single-photon detection.
This PhD project will develop neuromorphic (brain-like) photonic systems built from semiconductor lasers and other advanced optical components, capable of performing complex data processing tasks at ultrafast speeds, for use in Artificial Intelligence functionalities (e.g. image processing, pattern recognition).
Design, micro-fabrication and characterisation of on-chip optical circuits in the visible spectral region. Efficient photon generation and manipulation targeting quantum optical applications.
The student will design and fabricate nanoscale systems for quantum applications using state-of-the-art 3D assembly tools, nano-accurate microscopy and will measure the devices in optical laboratories.
The development of quantum electronics in silicon carbide will be the main focus of this project. Through a balanced mix of academic and industrial research activities, the student will design, manufacture and test novel electronics relevant to the nascent fields of quantum computing and quantum sensing.
This project will develop remote Raman spectroscopy systems based on digitally interfaced Gallium Nitride light-emitting diodes and silicon single-photon avalanche diodes.
This project will pioneer assemblies of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals and their combination with gallium nitride optoelectronics for novel forms of lighting, visible light communications and miniature lasers.
Micro-LEDs are revolutionising the display industry. We aim to fabricate novel versions of these devices operating across the ultraviolet region of the spectrum, offering new applications in optical wireless communications and remote detection of atmospheric gases and pollutants.
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We collaborate with some of the best research groups in the fields of quantum optics, and we have several events over the year with people from all over the world.
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