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Postgraduate research project

Opto-mechanical properties of emerging hollow core optical fibres

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

At the Optoelectronics Research Centre, we are leading the world in developing a new generation of optical fibres that promise a revolution in applications ranging from optical communications to ultraprecise optical sensors.  Our hollow-core optical fibres harness some truly intriguing physics to guide light in an air-filled core region over tens of kilometres distance and are now rivalling and outperforming standard optical fibres. However, their transformative potential in many areas remain largely unexplored. 

This project’s objectives are to study the response (or the lack thereof)  of hollow-core fibres to external stimuli such as vibrations and sound waves and establish in which fields of science and engineering this can address shortcoming of existing optical fibres. Examples could include ultra-stable interferometers (for high-precision measurement) or distributed acoustic sensing (e.g., for structural monitoring).

Applications are welcome from candidates with a background in mathematics, physics and engineering. We are looking for enthusiastic applicants that are keen to join a vibrant environment and looking to make a difference. You will be working within a group of world-renowned scientists at the forefront of research into an exciting technology and have access to state-of-the art hollow core fibres and top-class optical laboratories. You will also interact with our partners such as National Physical Laboratory in London or Microsoft UK.

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