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PhD Projects

The PhD projects available for 2016-17 entry are listed by research theme below, then by group. For detailed explanations of the projects please click on the group title links.

Light Generation and Manipulation:

Advanced Laser Laboratory

Supervisor: Prof Michalis N. Zervas

  • High Power Fibre Laser Dynamics

Advanced Solid State Lasers

Supervisor: Prof W A Clarkson

  • Rotating cavity laser
  • Advance high power two micron fibre lasers

Coherent Optical Signals

Supervisor: Dr Radan Slavik
Co-supervisors: Prof D J Richardson and Dr Z Liu

  • Photonics assisted generation of ultra-pure high bandwidth signal
  • The physics and applications of optical comb
  • Exploring the potential of optical fibres with low propagation delay
    sensitivity (EPSRC Studentship available for this project)
  • Super-channel technologies for optical fibre communications
    using frequency combs

Nonlinear Semiconductor Photonics

Supervisors: Dr Anna Peacock, Dr Sakellaris Mailis and
Harold Chong (Nano group)

  • Semiconductor devices for nonlinear photonics and applications
  • Laser-engineered silicon photonic devices
  • Mid-infrared nonlinear photonics in group IV semiconductor waveguides

Planar Waveguide and Slab Lasers

Supervisor: Dr J. MacKenzie

  • Deep UV Cryogenic lasers
  • Lasers making lasers

Ultrafast Laser X-ray

Supervisor: Prof W S Brocklesby

  • Nonlinear Coherent Diffractive Imaging
  • Ultrafast Coherent X-ray Imaging

Ultrafast Optical Parametric Oscillators

Supervisor: Prof D Shepherd

  • Lasers for Mid-Infrared Molecular Fingerprint Spectroscopy

 

Optical Materials:

Integrated Photonic Devices

Supervisors: Professor James Wilkinson, Dr. Senthil Ganapathy

  • Mid-infrared integrated photonic devices for sensing applications
  • Compact photonic circuits on Silicon for all-optical signal processing

Nanophotonics and Metamaterials

Supervisors: Professor Nikolay Zheludev
Co-Supervisors: Dr Nikitas Papasimakis, Dr Vassili Fedotov

  • Broadband Subwavelength Imaging with Coherent Metamaterials
  • Photonic Metadevices & Metasystems
  • Multiphysics modelling of plasmonic nanostructures

Nonlinear Semiconductor Photonics

Supervisors: Dr Anna Peacock, Dr Sakellaris Mailis and
Harold Chong (Nano group)

  • Semiconductor devices for nonlinear photonics and applications
  • Laser-engineered silicon photonic devices
  • Mid-infrared nonlinear photonics in group IV semiconductor waveguides

Novel Glass & Fibre 

Supervisors: Professor Dan Hewak, Dr Kevin Huang 

  • Next Generation Active Mid-Infrared Optical Fibres
  • Novel CVD grown 2D materials for optoelectronic applications
  • Next Generation Composite Fibres for Biological Sensing

Planar Optical Materials

Supervisors: Professor Peter Smith, Dr James Gates, Dr Christopher Holmes

  • Integrated optical waveguides for ion trap quantum computing
  • Integrated optical elements for miniaturised atom traps
  • Nonlinear conversion for single photon detection
  • Development of high-performance nonlinear optical crystals (CASE project)


Photonic, Electronic and Plasmonic Microstructured Optical Fibres

Supervisor: Dr Pier Sazio    

  • Photonic fibres for solar fuels generation
  • Microstructured optical fibres as templates for functional
    material deposition
  • Microstructured optical fibres with embedded electrodes for
    novel electro-optic devices


Optoelectronics Research Centre
and Nano Group

Supervisors: Dr Pier Sazio, Dr Sakellaris Mailis and
Harold Chong (Nano group)    

  • Multifunctional monolayers

 

Laser-Direct-Write Methodologies for Bio-medical Applications:

Laser-printed medical diagnostic sensors

Supervisors: Dr Collin Sones and Prof Rob Eason

  • Laser-based fabrication of medical diagnostic devices in papers

 

High-Precision Laser-Based Manufacturing

Beam-Shaping for High-Precision High-Speed Laser-Based Manufacturing

Supervisors:Prof Rob Eason (changing to Ben Mills in Feb 2017)
Co-Supervisor: Ben Mills (changing to Dan Heath in Feb 2017)

  • Beam-Shaping for High-Precision High-Speed Laser-Based Manufacturing

 

Biophotonic Microsystems - blacktop:

Optical Biosensors and Biophotonics

Supervisor: Dr T Melvin 

  • Intra-operative surgical decisions assisted by laser technology
  • Next generation optical technologies for sequencing
  • Structured nanoporous gold for DNA sequence analysis

 

Optical Fibres:

Advanced Fibre Technologies and Applications 

Supervisors: Prof D J Richardson, Dr Shaiful Alam, Prof Periklis Petropoulos, Dr Radan Slavik, Dr Natalie Wheeler, Dr Marco Petrovich, Dr F Poletti  

  • The physics and applications of optical comb
  • Online monitoring and optical characterisation of holey/ microstructured optical fibres during fabrication
  • High-capacity Silicon-based transceivers
  • Novel transmission and processing schemes for ultra-high speed telecommunication signals
  • Inter-band nonlinear applications of silicon photonic waveguide
  • All-optical Signal processing in emerging wavelength bands
  • Spatio-Temporal Beam Tailored Fibre Lasers For Energy Resilient Manufacturing
  • Novel Fibre Technologies for Data Centre Applications
  • Novel Fibre Technologies for Ultra-high Capacity (Petabit/s) Optical Networks

Computational Nonlinear Optics 

Supervisors: Dr P Horak, Prof Anna Peacock, Dr Bill Brocklesby

  • Nonlinear photonics in semiconductor fibres and waveguides
  • Design and simulation of single-photon quantum devices
  • Extreme nonlinear optic in hollow fibres

Compound Glass and Fibres 

Supervisors: Dr Francesco Poletti, Dr Belardi, Dr Joris Lousteau

  • Novel multifunctional air-core fibres
  • Novel polymer fibres for high data transmission capacity
  • Glasses and fibres for high power lasers and amplifiers
  • Mid-infrared delivery fibres

Microstructured Optical Fibres

Supervisors: Dr Marco Petrovich, Dr Natalie Wheeler, Prof David Richardson

  • Gas based sensing and spectroscopy applications of hollow core photonic bandgap fibres
  • The fabrication and applications of holey / microstructured fibres

Nonlinear Semiconductor Photonics

Supervisors: Dr Anna Peacock, Dr Sakellaris Mailis and
Harold Chong (Nano group)    

  • Semiconductor devices for nonlinear photonics and applications 
  • Laser-engineered silicon photonic devices
  • Mid-infrared nonlinear photonics in group IV semiconductor waveguides

Optical Microfibre Devices and Sensors 

Supervisor: Dr G Brambilla 

  • Fabrication of passive and active UV transparent fibres

Silica Fibre Fabrication 

Supervisor: Prof Jayanta Sahu

  • Development of high performance rare earth doped fibres using novel techniques for high power laser applications.

 

Fundamental Photonics:

Physical Optics

Supervisor: Professor Peter Kazansky 

  • Laser modification of materials at micro- and nanoscale for photonics and
    information technology

  • Printed optics by ultrafast laser nanostructuring of transparent materials

 

Optical Networks and Systems:


Distributed Optical Fibre Sensors

Supervisors: Dr T Newson, Dr A Masoudi

  • High-speed distributed fibre optic acoustic sensing

Nonlinear Semiconductor Photonics

Supervisors: Dr Anna Peacock, Dr Goran Masanovich, Dr Noel Healy

  • Semiconductor devices for nonlinear photonics and applications
  • Semiconductor microresonators for low threshold nonlinear optics
  • Mid-infrared nonlinear photonics in group IV semiconductor waveguides

Optical Fibre Communications

Supervisors: Prof Periklis Petropoulos, Dr F Parmigiani, Prof D J Richardson

  • Intra- and inter-band nonlinear applications of silicon photonic waveguides
  • Novel transmission and processing schemes for ultra-high speed telecommunication signals

Photonic systems, circuits and sensors 

Supervisors: Dr Frederic Gardes, Prof Anna Peacock, Prof Shin Saito, Dr Harold Chong

  • Active group IV transistor devices for 3D electro photonic integration
  • Group IV material systems for integrated 3D electronic-photonic platforms
  • Active group IV nanowire sensor devices for 3D electro photonic integration
  • Active group IV modulator device for 3D electro photonic integration
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