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Coherent Dectection Of Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers For Imaging Applications Studentship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Damaris Foping   
Thursday, 12 January 2012 03:49

Africa_1Deadline: March 1 2012

Academic Year: 2012/2013

Funding Source: University of Leeds

Country of Study: UK

Degree Targeted: PhD

Type of Scholarship
Fully funded

The studentship is for a period of 3.5 years, subject to satisfactory performance, and provides payment of UK/EU tuition fees at a rate £3,732 plus an annual tax free stipend of £13,590.00, or for non-EU students international fees of £15,600 plus a tax free stipend of £13,590.00.

The terahertz (THz)-frequency quantum cascade laser (QCL) is a high-power source of THz radiation that has attracted significant interest for the development of imaging, sensing and spectroscopy systems across a diverse range of applications including biomedicine, industrial process monitoring, and chemical sensing.  This EPSRC-funded PhD project aims to develop and investigate techniques for the coherent (i.e. phase-sensitive) detection of THz radiation emitted by QCLs, and to apply these techniques to the development of THz imaging and sensing systems.  Two possible approaches will be investigated: sensing the THz radiation by making use of the self-mixing effect whereby radiation is injected back into the QCL device; and/or sensing the interaction of the THz radiation with an electro-optic crystal using visible lasers.  The chosen technique will then be applied to the development of imaging systems using THz QCL sources.


The studentship will involve experimental research in the fields of laser physics, optics and electronics, underpinned by a strong theoretical understanding.  It is suitable for a motivated student with a good degree in physics, electronic/electrical engineering, or a related discipline.  The successful candidate will work as part of an experienced and vibrant research team in the field of THz science and technology.


The School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Leeds was ranked top for Electronic and Electrical Engineering in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. The research will be undertaken in the Institute of Microwaves and Photonics, which comprises over 60 people, including 16 academic staff.  It has an international reputation for research on semiconductor optoelectronic devices, and microwave circuits and systems, with particular expertise in the design, growth and fabrication of THz QCLs, and the development of THz QCL-based systems.


The studentship will fund tuition fees at either UK/EU level, or non-EU level for non-EU students, and a tax free maintenance grant of £13,590 p/a for 3.5 years (subject to satisfactory performance).

Eligible African Countries

Any African country
Field of Study

Electronic and Electrical Engineering


Candidates should have at least an upper second class (2:1) undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) in physics, electronic/electrical engineering, or a related discipline.


Applicants are expected to have good experimental, mathematical and software skills.  Experience in lasers and optics would be beneficial.
Application Procedure

Formal applications for research degree study should be made on-line through the Please state clearly on the funding section of the application form that you wish to be considered for the ‘Coherent detection of terahertz quantum cascade lasers for imaging applications’ scholarship. In the research information section please state the name Dr Paul Dean


Last Updated on Monday, 06 February 2012 06:53

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