EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Acoustic imaging in turbid environments

University of Exeter - Departments of Physics and Astronomy, and Department of Engineering

The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2), www.exeter.ac.uk/metamaterials. Our aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.

Joint supervisors: Dr J Bertolotti, Prof A P Hibbins

The project aims to apply scattering correlations techniques for acoustic imaging in turbid media. Acoustic imaging has lower resolution than its optical counterpart, but can be applied in environments where absorption impede light propagation, such as underwater. On the other hand underwater environments are often complicated, full of moving obstacles and bubbles, which scatter the sound waves. The transport properties of such scattering media is not determined only by the individual properties of their constituents, but also (and foremost) by their mesoscopic arrangements, making them an elegant example of naturally occurring metamaterials. As they are disordered in nature the transport properties of sound through them is known only in a statistical sense, making it impossible to perform any acoustic imaging or ecolocation through them with standard means.

In this project we aim to implement the correlation-based techniques recently developed for optical imaging to acoustic imaging and ecolocation, thus bridging the gap between two disciplines, acoustics and multiple scattering Physics.

4-year studentship: for UK/EU students, the studentship includes tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates; for international students (non-EU) a very small number of fees only studentships may be available

  • J. Bertolotti et al."Non-invasive imaging through opaque scattering layers", Nature 491, 232 (2012).
  • O. Katz et al. “Non-invasive single-shot imaging through scattering layers and around corners via speckle correlations”, Nature Photonics 8, 784 (2014).
  • B. Judkewitz et al. “Translation correlations in anisotropically scattering media”, Nature Physics 11, 684 (2015).
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