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Postgraduate research project

Mid-infrared laser amplifiers for tomographic imaging of chemical species in gas turbine combustion and green aviation

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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

University of Southampton is seeking a committed candidate for laser research towards green aviation and net-zero carbon emission from gas turbines within the LITECS programme. 

This is funded by a £7 million EPSRC grant and involves six universities and five companies, each contributing world-leading expertise. LITECS targets transformational combustion measurement and modelling tools to enable the development of low emission engine designs and evaluation of new low emission and zero-carbon fuels, leading to reduced environmental impact. As well as aircraft, gas turbines are used to power trains, ships, and electrical generators. See and for further details about LITECS.

Our role at University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) is to research, build, and validate fibre-based optical amplifiers for mid-infrared wavelengths and with the power levels, linewidth, stability, and reliability required for chemical species tomography of gas turbines. The successful candidate will work with lasers in the High-power fibre lasers research group in immediate collaboration with other team members as well as with team members in other organizations across the UK. Throughout the PhD, the candidate will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories at the ORC. Opportunities for working at partners are also expected. At the end of the PhD project, the student will have developed knowledge and skills in fibre and laser technology, mid-infrared lasers, and chemical species tomography. If you are seeking an industrially-relevant PhD project with experimental focus and are interested in lasers for measurements of chemical-species and zero-carbon technology then this opportunity is perfect for you.

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