About the project
- high-precision metrology
- remote sensing
- frequency conversion
- gravitational wave detection
- coherent LIDAR
- emerging quantum computing applications all of which require sources with very narrow linewidths at or below the kHz level.
Lasers with narrow linewidths are also required in coherent combination of multiple fibre laser beams to enable very high power-levels (100s of kW CW), and so there is an urgent need to continue to innovate and develop a range of properties of fibre lasers in parallel, including those of wavelength-agile, narrow linewidth sources, which is the topic of this PhD project.
Your role will initially focus on developing, demonstrating, and characterising the fibre laser sources and will subsequently aim to utilise the developed technology in a range of the application areas mentioned. It is largely an experimental project, but some theoretical modelling will also be required to guide the laser developments and help analyse the generated data and results. The project offers considerable opportunities for applicants who show strong innovation as well as a desire to broach new areas of science and technology. Previous experience with optical fibres and/or lasers is beneficial but not essential.
For further information see the ORC Nanophotonics & Metamaterials Group.