Postgraduate research opportunities Structured Light Lasers


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  • Opens: Sunday 1 January 2017
  • Number of places: 1


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.
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BSc (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent degree in physics


Scholarships (fees and stipend) available on a competitive basis for UK/EU students, please contact supervisor for details.

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner
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Project Details

A picture is worth a thousand words; and in a very real sense, images encoded in the profile of a laser provide a highly efficient method to encrypt and convey information. Light profiles that carry orbital angular momentum (OAM) present a particular set of complex images, with advanced generation and detection technology already in place – even for single photons.

You will support shifts between differently coloured images and build a dynamically controlled OAM light laser – elements required for a true OAM quantum network.

The PhD will be carried out in the Experimental Quantum Optics and Photonics Group in the Physics Department at the University of Strathclyde.


G. Walker, A.S. Arnold and S. Franke-Arnold, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 243601 (2012)

A. Vernier, S. Franke-Arnold, E. Riis and A.S. Arnold, Opt. Express 18, 17020 (2010)

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Dr Aidan Arnold


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