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Fully Funded PhD Studentship in Metamaterial/Graphene Terahertz Modulators and Detectors

Lancaster University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Lancaster
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th February 2019
Closes: 15th April 2019

This project will involve the theoretical design, simulation, fabrication and testing of a novel class of integrated devices such as frequency and polarization modulators, beam steering devices and detectors based on metamaterials and graphene, operating in the terahertz (THz) frequency range. The THz range (1-10 THz corresponds to vacuum wavelengths between 30-300 mm) represents an exciting portion of the electromagnetic spectrum with unique applications in the field of communications, spectroscopy and imaging, where presently an efficient optoelectronic platform is missing. This research aims to overcome the present limitations by providing an innovative class of active devices based on the interplay between resonant metamaterials and active materials such as graphene. The project is based on the expertise and collaborations developed in recent years in the topical areas of integrated modulators and detectors [1-4]. The PhD candidate will gain experience in device fabrication using standard clean room techniques for micro- and nano-lithography, as well as proficiency in device characterization using the facilities available in the Engineering Department of Lancaster University and in the University of Cambridge.

To be eligible for the studentship, the funding requirements are that you must either be a U.K. citizen or a European Union national. The stipend for eligible students would be £14,777 for 2018/2019 and subject to national adjustments. The deadline for the application is the 15th April but flexible starting dates will be considered.

For more information contact:

Dr. Riccardo Degl’Innocenti (

Dr. Hungyen Lin (

[1] S. J. Kindness et al Sci. Rep. 7(1), 7657 (2017)

[2] R. Degl'Innocenti et al. ACS Photonics, 3, 1747–1753, (2016)

[3] D. S. Jessop, et al, Appl. Phys Lett. 108, 171101 (2016)

[4] R. Degl'Innocenti et al. ACS Photonics 3, 464-470, (2016).

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