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Postgraduate research project

Integrated Ultra-High-Q Ring Resonators

Competition funded View fees and funding
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree
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Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

We are looking for a PhD student to join our interdisciplinary team of students, postdocs, and senior researchers developing systems for quantum technologies.

In conjunction with our partner (California Institute of Technology, Caltech), you will develop ultra-high-Q, ring resonators, for rotation sensing and timing. These integrated resonators are a key component in photonics and will be a key enabling technology in several areas, including the stabilisation of atom trap clocks, rotation sensors and narrow-linewidth lasers. We will also work with other UK and international collaborators and PhD students to develop and demonstrate these applications.

In this project, you will design, fabricate, and test these ring resonator systems. A key aspect of the project will be glass deposition, using the state-of-the-art facilities in the university's cleanroom facilities. You will also work with researchers at Caltech (with the opportunity for visits, if desired) to develop and test the fabricated devices. If you are interested in a PhD looking to do computer modelling and have the required skills, the project can also be adjusted for this.

If you have an interest in photonics, microfabrication, and quantum technologies, you would be highly suitable for this project. You will benefit from our world-leading expertise in these fields and enjoy working in a highly supportive environment in our group in Southampton and collaboration with partner groups around the country within the UK National Quantum Technology Programme.

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