Postgraduate Research Opportunity: Terahertz Frequency Quantum Cascade Lasers

University of Leeds

Funded PhD project: Worldwide (International, UK and EU)
Value: UK and EU applicants will be eligible for funding which covers the cost of fees and provides a maintenance grant paid at standard Research Council rates (£14,553 in session 2017/18). Funding duration is 3 years.

International applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees and £12,000 maintenance, and the opportunity to do paid tuition work of up to £3,000 per year.

Number of awards: 1
Deadline: 31/01/2018
Supervisors: Contact Professor Giles DaviesProfessor Edmund LinfieldDr Paul DeanDr Joshua FreemanDr Lianhe Li or Professor John Cunningham to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

The quantum cascade laser is an intersubband laser fabricated by a sophisticated high vacuum semiconductor growth technique called molecular beam epitaxy. The lasers comprise a carefully designed layered superlattice structure, containing thousands of semiconductor layers, each of nanometre-scale thickness and each deposited with an atomic layer resolution. The terahertz quantum cascade laser was highlighted by the journal Nature Photonics as one of the top photonics breakthroughs in the last 50 years, and the Leeds group is internationally recognized to be leading in the growth and fabrication of these lasers, often working with international collaborators. This PhD project will optimize the growth of quantum cascade lasers to increase their output power, operating frequency range, frequency tuneability, and maximum operating temperature. It will also explore new materials systems for use as quantum cascade lasers and detectors, and for developing understanding of the physical properties of intersubband and heterostructure devices.

For more information please visit the Terahertz electronics and photonics web page

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a first-class bachelor’s degree or equivalent (a GPA or average mark of at least 85% or the top 10% of graduates), and/or a Master's degree in a relevant engineering or science degree such as (but not limited to) electrical engineering, control engineering, applied mathematics and/or a relevant undergraduate degree with strong academic results.

Additional requirements:

 - Degree Certificates

 - Transcript(s) to date

 - CV including any publications

 - Two academic references

 The above information and documents are required before your application will be circulated.

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