PhD Studentship - Topology, Topography and Light-Matter Interactions at the Nanoscale

University of Southampton
Southampton, United Kingdom
Apr 11, 2021
Aug 31, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Supervisory Team: Nikitas Papasimakis, Kevin MacDonald, Nikolay Zheludev

Project description

The Project

Since the award of the 2016 Nobel Prize for theoretical advances in the topological properties of matter - how mechanical, optical, electronic, magnetic, and biological properties derive from shape rather than intrinsic material properties - topological effects are becoming increasingly important in electronic and photonic media. However, it is not widely appreciated that light can have complex structure at deeply subwavelength scales and the role of topology in light-matter interactions remains largely unexplored, with many open questions. This project will study how structured light fields interact with nanostructured materials and how topology modifies optical forces exerted on matter. Such effects are expected to underpin the development of new applications in imaging, spectroscopy and opto-mechanical nanodevices.

Our Research Group

You will join a diverse multinational team of students, postdoctoral and academic staff working together on aspects of cutting-edge nanophotonics research - seeking to control light and light-matter interactions at the sub-wavelength scale. A remarkable range of new phenomena is found in this regime, with wide-ranging potential applications in, for example, telecommunications, metrology, sensing, defence, super-resolution imaging, and data storage.

Our work is supported by major nanophotonics research grants from the EPSRC (£5.6M) and the European Research Council (€2.6M).

You will have opportunity to develop advanced skills in experimental photonics, computational electromagnetic modelling, application of machine learning and artificial intelligence, electron and optical microscopy, and nanofabrication.

It is expected that students will publish papers in leading academic journals and present their work at international conferences as their research progresses.

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The Optoelectronics Research Centre

The ORC is a world-leading photonics research organization. With over 90 state-of-the-art laboratories and 200 researchers working in all areas of photonics, it provides an outstanding interdisciplinary environment for students to grow.

Our extensive training and mentoring programme provides knowledge and skills through photonics lectures, skills training for report writing, project management, time management, presentation skills and full safety training for your research area. These are all essential life skills for the next step in your career.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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