PhD studentship: Composite material nonlinear all fibre devices

Updated: 25 days ago
Location: Southampton, ENGLAND
Deadline: 31 Aug 2017

Optoelectronics Research Centre

Highfield Campus

Closing Date:  

Thursday 31 August 2017



Project title: Composite material nonlinear all fibre devices   
 Supervisor: Dr Pier Sazio        

Co-supervisor: Dr Walter Belardi and Francesco De Lucia

 Project description

 Nonlinear fibre devices are essential components in today optical fibre networks as well as in optical systems for light generation, manipulation and detection. Silica based glass is the most suitable material for optical fibres, in terms of robustness and low optical absorption, but exhibits low third order nonlinearity and no second order susceptibility due its centrosymmetric structure. This demands that optical physicists keep advancing the field of nonlinear fibre optics with improved nonlinear fibre designs (as photonic crystal fibres), the use of compound glass materials or the development of fibre processing techniques, as thermal poling.

The development of nonlinear optical fibres can largely profit from the development of techniques who optimize the inclusions of metals, semiconductors (like Si, Ge or ZnSe) or 2D materials (like graphene or molybdenum) within the fibre structure. The recent activity of our group is largely advancing this field of research with an important potential impact on real world applications, particularly in the field of optical communication components and light generation.

The two projects offered will explore the various possibilities offered by bulk or thin film depositions of various materials within the fibre, using both conventional Ge doped silica and specialty optical fibres (as photonic crystal fibres or soft glass fibres), in order to increase their inherent third and second order nonlinearity.

These projects will give potential students the opportunity to develop a number of key skills, ranging from numerical simulations to fabrication activities concerning optical fibre manufacturing, high pressure chemical vapour deposition, thermal poling, fibre characterization and final device implementation.

The selected candidates will work in a very dynamic and world leading research environment, having access to state of the art laboratories and equipment.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Pier Sazio (, Dr Walter Belardi ( or Francesco De Lucia (, Optoelectronics Research Centre, Photonic Electronic and Plasmonic Microstructured Optical Fibres Group.

About the ORC

Based at the University of Southampton, the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) is one of the largest university-based research groups entirely devoted to photonics in the world, with a long and well established track record in the field of microstructured optical fibres, fibre lasers, optoelectronic devices and novel materials. A brand new, world class cleanroom facility and state-of-the-art photonics labs are available for fabricating, post-processing, filling and characterising the fibres for this project.

 Key facts

 Entry requirements: first or upper second-class degree or equivalent

 Closing date : applications should be received no later than 31 August 2017 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

 Duration: typically three years (full-time)

 Funding: full tuition plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

 Assessment: eight-and 16-month reports and viva voce determine progression to PhD; progression reports, viva voce and thesis examination

 Start date: typically September


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