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Frequency- and Phase-Control of Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers Studentship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Damaris Foping   
Thursday, 12 January 2012 04:16

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 frequency- and phase-control of the THz field emitted by QCLs, and to apply these techniques for gas spectroscopy and gas sensing.  The possibility of using surface acoustic waves (electrically-controlled micron-scale acoustic vibrations travelling along the surface of a crystal) to control the QCL emission will be investigated.  Techniques will also be developed for synchronising the fields emitted from two QCL sources using feedback electronics.


This studentship will involve training in semiconductor fabrication techniques for the processing of THz QCL sources in the School’s class 100 nanotechnology cleanroom, as well as the development of experimental techniques in laser physics, optics and electronics.  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), and is available for tenure from 1st October 2012.

Eligible African Countries

Any African country
Field of Study
Electronics 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 ‘Frequency- and phase-control of terahertz quantum cascade lasers’ scholarship. In the research information section please state the name Dr Paul Dean.


Last Updated on Monday, 06 February 2012 06:52

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