PhD Studentship in Fibre and Systems Group
University of Southampton Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics
United Kingdom

PhD Studentship in Development of Power-Scalable and Wavelength-Flexible Fibre Lasers in the Two-Micron Wavelength Band to Serve the Needs of Emerging Applications in Medicine and Materials Processing

Fibre & Systems Group

Location:  Highfield Campus

Closing Date:  Monday 31 August 2020

Reference:  1256220PN

Supervisor:                 Prof. Andy Clarkson, Dr Peter Shardlow

Project description

Two-micron fibre laser technology has the potential to yield a wealth of new applications in areas such as industrial laser processing, medicine, defence and optical communications. Moreover, significant power scaling advantages can be gained by moving from traditional ytterbium-doped fibre lasers operating in the one-micron band to the two-micron band. The main focus of this project will be to create a world leading power-scalable two-micron fibre laser platform based on thulium doped fibres for operation in continuous-wave and long-pulsed regimes. The research programme will study the physics of thulium doped fibre gain media to formulate new strategies for scaling laser output power whilst simultaneously achieving high efficiency and good beam quality. Thulium doped glasses offer access to a wide range of wavelengths, so an important aspect of the programme will be to develop lasers with flexibility in operating wavelength driven by the needs of emerging applications in areas such as medicine and materials processing.  

The project will involve a detailed study into the physics of two-micron fibre lasers operated at high average power levels to establish a power scaling strategy and the fundamental limits. 

A fully funded PhD place on this project is available for UK applicants supported by an EPSRC CASE Studentship.  The project will involve close collaboration with one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high power fibre lasers for industrial applications (SPI Lasers based in the UK).  The studentship comes with an enhanced stipend (including an additional industrial bursary) of up to £21,000 (tax-free) and with fees paid. A visit to meet us is recommended and phone / Skype interviews are also possible, if necessary. Please contact Prof. Andy Clarkson (email: wac@orc.soton.ac.uk) for further details.  

The PhD programme

The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) PhD programme 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 laser and photonics research.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (First or upper second-class honours degree, or its equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2020 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: full tuition for UK Students plus an enhanced stipend of £21,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter PhD, ORC, Andy Clarkson under the Topic or Field of Research.

Applications should include: 

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online:

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk 


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