PhD Studentship: Communications Applications of Hollow-Core Optical Fibres

University of Southampton

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science

Project Description

We are looking for applicants with a background in physics, material sciences or engineering to work on pioneering research projects on hollow-core optical fibres.

This PhD project will study the development and use of state-of-the-art hollow core optical fibres for both telecomm and datacomm applications. The research will include work concerned with 5G back-haul and datacentres as well as long-haul transmission and will look to exploit the many distinctive and enabling characteristics of these new fibres – including ultralow nonlinearity, low latency, high environmental stability, ultra-broadband operation, and ultimately the potential for ultralow propagation losses at different wavebands.

It is a highly experimental project based on the state-of-the-art telecommunications systems laboratory of the ORC. The successful candidate will join a team of around 20 researchers focussing on the field of hollow core fibres at Southampton, and will be required to work in collaboration both with colleagues responsible for fibre fabrication as well as an array of industrial collaborators.

The project is supported with substantial funding from a £6m EPSRC-funded AirGuide Photonics programme grant, hosted at the world-renowned Optoelectronics Research Centre.

About the Optoelectronics Research Centre

The ORC has led the world in optical fibre technology research for the past 50 years. With over 90 state-of-the-art laboratories and 200 researchers working in all areas of photonics, the ORC provides an outstanding interdisciplinary environment for students to grow. Its cluster of 12 photonics spin-out companies provides a natural career path for PhD graduates.

The group has an excellent track record of publishing in high profile research journals and international conferences. Its former PhD and postdoctoral researchers have made successful careers in universities worldwide or as industry scientists and business leaders.

In the first year of your PhD a structured training programme runs alongside the research project, providing a gradual transition from taught degree to open-ended research. Students present their work at conferences worldwide, first-author papers in leading academic journals and emerge with skills at the forefront of glass and fibre optics research youtube.com/watch?v=N2_6yNQamkU.

Further ORC information: orc.soton.ac.uk

Further Airguide Photonics information: airguide.soton.ac.uk

To discuss any details of the project or arrange a visit, please contact Professor Periklis Petropoulous ([email protected]) or Professor David Richardson FRS, FREng ([email protected])

Assessment: reports at 8 and 16-month stages and an oral examination to determine progression to PhD, awarded after thesis submission and viva voce examination

Funding Information

Full tuition for EU/UK Students plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. EU students with no external funding can contend for a small number of competitive scholarships. Students from overseas who have secured some external funding are also encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications are accepted throughout the year but start date is typically October 2020.

Application Process

Applications should be made online here selecting “Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science” under the Faculty and then “PhD ORC (Full time)” as the programme.

Applications should include:

  • Research Proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two reference letters
  • Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online here.

For further information please contact: [email protected]

To apply for this PhD, please use the following application link: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page

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