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Postgraduate research project

Multimode fibre lasers

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

Multimode optical fibres have recently emerged as a promising breakthrough technology to boost the data transmission speed of the Internet network to unprecedented levels. In these fibres each spatial mode carries an independent data channel, and the interaction (cross-talk) among different modes is a problem to avoid.

In this PhD project we want to reverse this point of view, looking for novel opportunities arising from the interaction among spatial modes. We will develop novel fibre lasers where this interaction is the keystone to achieve light generation over a wide spectral bandwidth, well beyond what is possible with current fibre laser technology.

PhD Programme

You will work at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, in the Multimode Photonics Group led by Dr. Massimiliano Guasoni. Visits to our academic partners at the University La Sapienza of Rome, Italy, are envisaged. 

You will acquire a broad set of skills: from the theoretical understanding of fibre lasers, up to the numerical design of fibre lasers via computational tools and experiments carried out on multimode fibres fabricated in our cleanrooms. You will have access to some among the best equipped laboratories and nanofabrication research facilities in the world (£120M worth), and to one of the most powerful supercomputers in UK. 

You will interact with world-leading scientists at the ORC that are revolutionizing the field of photonics, and you will have the opportunity to engage with several ORC industrial partners. 
Furthermore, you will present your work both in leading academic journals and at the most renowned conferences all over the world allowing you to engage with the best researchers worldwide.

In the first year of your PhD, a structured training program will run along with the research project, which will allow a gradual transition from a taught degree to independent research.
The ORC PhD will prepare you for a successful career as a top research scientist or business leader in academia and in industry.

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