Postgraduate research project

Quantum Meta-Optics

Fully funded (UK and international)
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree View full entry requirements
Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

The University of Southampton is expanding its PhD research in the area of Quantum Technology Engineering. In addition to the research project outlined below you will receive substantial training in scientific, technical, and commercial skills. 

Meta-optics, harnessing subwavelength nanostructures, commonly referred to as meta-atoms, arranged in either a periodic or aperiodic fashion, have garnered growing interest for their extraordinary ability to control light in both classical and quantum domains.

These meta-optics serve as an ideal and distinctive foundation for creating optical components with a range of characteristics previously beyond reach. Meta-optics have the potential to replace bulky optical components and provide functionalities beyond conventional optics based on their flexibility, compactness, and versatility.

Quantum optical systems require sources of single photons, entangled photons, and other forms of non-classical light, along with advanced detection techniques. The quantum states might rely on various light properties such as polarization, direction, and orbital angular momentum. Meta-optics hold immense promise for manipulating these states.This PhD project will focus on developing quantum meta-optics to control and manipulate complex interactions between quantum light and matter.

In this research project you will:

  • design, develop, and prototype passive and active meta-optics components
  • conduct research that aims to meta-optics for manipulating quantum states of light
  • collaborate with a team of world-class researchers and engineers
  • present your findings in leading journals and at international conferences