Supervisory Team : Prof Anna Peacock and Prof Dan Hewak
Two dimensional (2D)-materials are currently at the forefront of an exciting wave of scientific research. Compared to the traditional bulk counterparts, the high confinement in the 2D plane gives rise to unique optical and electronic properties that are advantageous for wide-ranging applications.
However, from a photonics perspective, an inherent challenge of working with the atomically thin layers is enhancing the light-matter interaction to achieve maximal device efficiency.
Our group has recently developed a novel method for producing ultra-low loss side-polished fibres that make for an excellent platform on which to exploit the rich optical functionality of these materials over extended interaction lengths.
This project will focus on optimizing the fibre platform for the development of photonic devices that incorporate some of the most popular 2D materials, including graphene, black phosphorous and various semiconductors from the transition metal dichalcogenide family (MoS2 and WSe2 etc.
By exploiting the different material properties on offer, a number of robust and compact all-fibre integrated devices will be explored including high-speed modulators, wavelength convertors, lasers and detectors.
There will be opportunities to interact with our partners on a National and International Level, including UK industry.
The PhD programme
The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) PhD comprises a solid education for a research career. The structured first year involves attending our training programme running in parallel with carrying out your research project.
This provides a smooth transition from your degree course towards the more open-ended research that takes place in the following years under the guidance of your project supervisors.
We expect the vast majority of our students to present their work at international conferences and to write papers in leading academic journals as their research progresses.
Students will emerge from the PhD with skills at the forefront of future photonics research and will benefit from the many opportunities to interact with the wider community of PhD students across the Southampton Campus through academic, sporting and cultural events.
The ORC is the leading photonics research institute in the UK. It comprises state-of-the-art cleanrooms for optical fibre, planar photonics, silicon and bio-photonics fabrication and over 80 laboratories.
Computer simulations will benefit from Southampton’s high performance computing cluster Iridis, one of the largest supercomputers in the UK.
A PhD at the ORC has enabled our past graduates to make successful careers in academia, in national scientific laboratories, and as scientists or business leaders in industry.
Our research papers, patents, spin-off companies and these successful alumni taken together place Southampton amongst the top institutes worldwide.
A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2 : 1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).
Closing date : applications should be received no later than 31 August 2021
Funding : For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.