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PhD Studentship: Environmental Evaluation of Microcomb Stability

Loughborough University - School of Science, Department of Physics

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: A tax-free stipend of £22,987 per annum (consisting of £19,237 UKRI funding plus £3,750 industry top-up) plus tuition fees at the UK rate.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 26th June 2024
Closes: 31st July 2024
Reference: AP/PH/2024
 

This PhD project, blending theoretical and experimental approaches, aims to revolutionize quantum technologies by developing ultra-precise timing counters. Central to this endeavour is the advancement of optical frequency combs, which are the cornerstone of modern optical atomic clocks. These combs, recognized with a Nobel Prize in 2005, consist of ultraprecise, equally spaced laser lines. Our project, conducted at the forefront of integrated photonics, nonlinear physics, and smart optical computation, will push the boundaries of miniaturization for these sources. The focus is on a ground-breaking nonlinear optical wave, known as the temporal laser cavity soliton, a recent discovery at Loughborough’s Emergent Photonics Lab [1,2], for creating ultra-efficient and resilient microcombs. You will be part of Prof Alessia Pasquazi's dynamic team in collaboration with DSTL, contributing to novel science, advancing industrial impact and producing leading-author publications in peer-reviewed journals. Presentations at selected international conferences will also be a key aspect of your role.

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Primary supervisor: Professor Alessia Pasquazi
Secondary supervisor: Professor Marco Peccianti

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent). We welcome applications from exceptional students with STEM backgrounds (physics, engineering, applied mathematics, advanced mechanics) intersecting with photonics.

English language requirements:

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Funding information:

The studentship is for 4 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £22,987 per annum (consisting of £19,237 UKRI funding plus £3,750 industry top-up) plus tuition fees at the UK rate. Funding for conference travel, lab materials, and a placement at an industry partner is also available.

Excellent International candidates are eligible for a full international fee waiver however due to UKRI funding rules, no more than 30% of the studentships funded by this grant can be awarded to International candidates. 1st January 2025 will be the earliest PhD start date available for International candidates. The studentship is subject to contract with the industrial partner and if not signed, the project will be withdrawn.

How to apply:

Apply online via the above ‘Apply’ button. Under programme name, select Physics. Please quote the advertised reference number: AP/PH/2024 in your application.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents, including a CV.

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