PhD Studentship: Laser modification of materials at the micro- and nanoscale for photonics and information technology

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Location: Southampton, ENGLAND
Deadline: 31 Aug 2017

Optoelectronics Research Centre

Highfield Campus

Closing Date:  

Thursday 31 August 2017



High-power ultrafast lasers enable the new technique of direct optical writing for patterning waveguides and nanostructures in three dimensions, to provide entirely new functionalities. Three-dimensional photonic structures will allow significant increases in the scale of integration in optical information processing and data storage opening tantalizing possibilities in the fields of photonics and information technology including recent demonstration of 5D data storage.

 This project explores a variety of advanced ultrafast laser material processing techniques, the ultrafast physics of femtosecond photosensitivity and applications of 3D photonic structures.

 Several PhD positions based in the Optoelectronic Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton are available as a result of a collaborative research programme sponsored by Microsoft Research on exploring the potential of the ORC’s 5D memory technology.

 About ORC

The ORC is the leading photonics research institute in Europe. PhD here 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.

 Key facts

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

Duration: 3.5 Years (Full time)

Application deadline: 31 August 2017

Start-time: October 2017

Funding: full tuition plus stipend

 Please send your CV to Professor Peter G. Kazansky(

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