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Postgraduate research project

Terahertz guiding polymer fibres for next generation data transfer

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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

Most of our digital data is coming via an optical fibre in form of short optical pulses. University of Southampton is one of pioneering institutions in optical fibre development. 
But are optical fibre limited to optical domain?
Terahertz waves sit between infrared and microwave bands. This is fascinating region where optics meets with radio-technology. Its unique properties offer new solutions for medical imaging, security checks and data transfer. Next wireless communication standard 6G will heavily rely on terahertz technology enabling higher bandwidth and greater data transmission rates. 

"This PhD project is looking to explore forefront science in optical fibre development and adapt for terahertz spectral region. Fibre technology will enable to implement solutions across multiple disciplines. Conventional materials prove challenging in operation at terahertz frequencies. However, new type of fibres which allow to confine and guide light in empty space are highly promising solution. You will embark on development of hollow-core fibres capable of guiding terahertz wavelengths. On your way you will learn how to design, fabricate and characterize optical fibres. You will have chance to work in multi-disciplinary team and develop wide range of skills including electronic and mechanical engineering, software development and photonics.

The research work will be carried out in close collaboration with National Physical Laboratory (NPL) leading research institution in terahertz technologies.

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