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PhD Studentship on THz Waveguides

A 3-year fully-funded PhD studentship for research in the area of Terahertz (THz) Technologies. Apply by 15th August 2013 (or until filled) to UCL.


A 3-year fully-funded PhD studentship for research in the area of Terahertz (THz) Technologies is available at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London (UCL), in conjunction with SWISSto12 SA, a THz technology company based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Rutgers University (USA).

In the project, the scientific question of guided transmission of THz waves and signals will be addressed and a new family of hollow waveguides will be developed. It will involve waveguide design (analytical and numerical), waveguide fabrication (in the group of Prof. Harrington at Rutgers University), analysis of THz wave propagation in waveguides using the near-field imaging and spectroscopy system (in the Ultrafast laser laboratory at UCL), as well as waveguide integration with THz devices. The project, funded by UCL and SWISSto12 SA, will take place in both at UCL and at Rutgers University (USA), and the student is expected to spend about 18 months at UCL in London and 18 months at Rutgers (USA).

Background: Terahertz electromagnetic waves (0.3-10 THz), have been until recently the last underutilised part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Harnessing THz-based technologies has the potential of impacting globally a vast number of industries. Rapid development of THz sources and detectors in the last decade have created demand for appropriate THz waveguide solutions. The most prominent waveguide solutions for optical waves, the dielectric cylindrical fibre, and for radiowaves, the coaxial metallic waveguide, both yield large transmission losses at THz frequencies. The poor performance at THz frequencies is caused by the rise of Ohmic losses in metals and the lack of sufficiently transparent dielectric materials. The challenge of mitigating these losses requires alternative solutions. Development of low-loss THz waveguides will be the central focus of this project.

Industrial Partner: SWISSto12 is a private start-up company, spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, (EPFL). It aims at becoming a leading supplier of components and systems for Terahertz (THz) signal transmission. The strategic market position of SWISSto12 is developed and sustained through a strong and continuous R&D effort, allowing it to stay in tune with the latest developments.

UCL Impact Studentship: The studentship is available Sept. 2013. The award will cover tuition fees and a tax-free maintenance stipend (including London weighting) which is currently £ 15,590 per annum. Candidates should have received, or expected to receive, at least a 2:1, or equivalent, in their first degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics or similar and should be eligible for low fee status (UK or EU nationals only). Candidates are expected to have a good knowledge of electromagnetics, experimental research experience, autonomous and proactive working style, good communication skills and ability to work in a team.

To apply, please send a CV with a cover letter and contact details of at least two referees to Dr. O. Mitrofanov ( Informal queries can be addressed also to Dr. O. Mitrofanov.

Closing date: August 15, 2013 (or until filled).

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