Sponsored PhD Studentships

High-power integrated-photonic composites 
Topped up stipend: £18,000 pa tax free

One of the critical challenges in high-power photonic and electronic systems, optical components, lasers, and high-density integrated circuits is efficient extraction of internal waste heat. In many cases in new engineering projects, thermal management has become increasingly vital, now implemented at the frontend system design rather than as an afterthought. It is a similar scenario for high-power photonics. To address future engineering challenges one would like to have composite structures that combine media with very different yet complementary properties, so that an advantage can be gained over single-component materials. For our project sponsors, Gooch & Housego, their interest lies with “the ability to robustly bond a variety of photonic materials, and to understand the mechanical properties and mechanisms of surface activation/chemistry that underpin this, [which] are key enabling technologies for 21st Century photonics.” 

The project will investigate new approaches based on ultra-precision engineering techniques, novel bonding methods, state-of-the-art deposition processes, and super materials, such as SiC and diamond, to augment optically active materials while extending the potential range of composite materials that can be employed, simultaneously enhancing the thermal and photonic functionality to enable next generation high power density photonic applications.

For further details contact Dr Jacob Mackenzie.  Applications may be made in through the PhD application process with an expression of interest in this project.  

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Mid-IR Integrated Photonic Devices for Biomedical Diagnostics

The Optoelectronics Research Centre has a 40-year track record of pioneering contributions in photonics and is currently one of the largest and most dynamic research centres in this field world-wide. The Integrated Photonic Devices Group explores the fundamentals of guided wave optics at surfaces, with applications including telecommunications, biosensing and novel light sources, and is complemented by world-class photonic materials and fabrication facilities.

We currently have a vacancy for a fully funded (fee + stipend up to £15,000/year) PhD studentship in our group in a recently awarded European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant to Professor James Wilkinson. This research programme presents an excellent opportunity for individual creativity to flourish in a strong team environment, addressing topics from Mid-IR and nanostructured waveguide materials, through the photonic toolkit for biochemical diagnostics to clinical applications. 

The successful applicant will work on the fabrication and characterisation of waveguides and integrated photonic devices including an on-chip spectrometer based on novel Mid-IR materials. These devices will be useful for “molecular-fingerprinting” type applications in biomedical diagnostics. The student will benefit from the state-of-the-art clean room facility for the fabrication of the integrated photonic devices in addition to the Mid-IR characterisation suite currently being built. The student will be supervised jointly by Prof. James Wilkinson and Dr. Senthil Ganapathy. 

We welcome applications from candidates having background and interests in photonic materials and/or integrated photonic devices. You are welcome to contact Prof. James Wilkinson or Dr. Senthil Ganapathy for an informal discussion.


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