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Postgraduate research project

Sensors for small acceleration detection for gravimetry and magnetometry in real world environments & in space

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.
This PhD project will contribute to provide sensors to operate at real world settings to the acceleration noise level of 10-10 m/s2/√Hz based on demonstrated levitated mechanics experiment in our Southampton labs.
Our mechanical sensors will allow to significantly improve the ability to track masses to monitor their movement and change, as well as to detect magnetic fields at record low levels. Sensors are based on optical and magnetic trapping of millimetre-sized particles in vacuum and are realised on compact platforms in remote operation. 
Some sensors are optimised for use of small satellites for geodesy and consistent data production for processes relevant from climate change. Other sensors are portable on ground including under water. The operation of multiple sensors as integrated network will be used to enhance spatial as well as temporal resolution for specific sensing applications. 
In 2024 we will put two of our sensors on a satellite which will be an important test for levitated mechanics technologies in space. We are somewhere at the intermediate step between lab demonstration of amazingly sensitive devices and the commercialisation of mature sensors and are looking for team members with a dedication for innovation.