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IPAS PhD Positions Available

The Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) at the University of Adelaide is seeking highly motivated science or engineering graduates to commence their PhD studies in 2017.

Information on Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and other scholarships for domestic students

Major Application Round: 1 September – 30 October

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  • PhD Scholarships in Fluid Mechanics

    Two PhD projects are offered with scholarships as part of a wider project “Mathematics the key to modern glass and polymer fibre technology”, the ARC Future Fellowship awarded to Associate Professor Yvonne Stokes (February 2017- February 2021). The wider project is concerned with mathematical modelling of microstructured optical fibre (MOF) fabrication for a variety of uses. Mathematics is essential to solving the inverse problem of determining the preform and draw parameters to produce a desired fibre and has already proved to be of significant practical benefit.

    Detailed information on the position and how to apply.

  • PhD Top-Up Scholarship: Bio-Sensing with Optical Fibres

    The group led by Dr Stephen Warren-Smith are seeking a motivated experimental optical physics PhD student to work on an exciting optical fibre sensing project. The project will investigate new techniques for performing high spatial resolution distributed sensing using the specialty optical fibres made at the University of Adelaide. These optical fibres have an “exposed-core,” which allows them to interact with the external environment for biological and chemical sensing.

    The project will involve designing and testing new optical measurement techniques for measuring micron scaled events that occur along the length of the exposed-core fibre. This will also involve theoretical simulations and fibre fabrication. It will be supported by the ARC Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, which provides collaboration opportunities with chemists, biologists and clinicians to help drive the project towards in-vivo applications. A top-up scholarship of $5,000 per annum will be provided to the successful applicant for three years. The student will also be provided with $15,000 p.a. for three years for project costs.

    Detailed information on the position and how to apply.

  • Distributed Optical Fibre Sensing of Radiation Cross-disciplinary PhD (or Honours) Project in Chemistry & Physics

    The development of very efficient nanocrystalline storage phosphors for ionizing radiation has attracted significant interest in recent years for medical imaging and dosimetry applications. The measurement of radiation plays an essential role in ensuring safe working conditions in many industries.

    This project will investigate the possibility of combining phosphor crystals with optical fibres to allow for distributed X-ray sensing. Fibre optic X-ray sensors have potential to be used for monitoring radiation levels in radiotherapy environments, nuclear and industrial applications and for personal dosimetry.

    The project will involve investigating different techniques for coating micro-structured optical fibres with phosphor crystals, homogenously embedding the crystals into polymer or glass billets for drawing down into fibres and various techniques for embedding the crystals onto the surface of optical fibres. The successful completion of this project is expected to result in ultra-sensitive X-ray detectors with the possibility for commercialization of the technology.

    Detailed information on the position and how to apply.

  • Photoluminescent Storage Phosphors: A pathway towards 3D MemorySeeking PhD/Honours students in Chemistry or Physics

    Three-dimensional optical data storage involves information being recorded and read-out from a three-dimensional structure as opposed to in two-dimensions as with DVDs. The concept has the potential to provide petabyte-level mass storage hence revolutionizing data storage. The writing and readout is achieved by focusing a laser into the 3D medium.

    Due to the volumetric nature of the data, the laser is required to pass other points before writing or reading the desired datum. This means that a nonlinearity is required such that only a local point is addressed at a given time. At present no commercial product based on 3D optical data storage exists, despite significant research efforts. This project offers the unique opportunity of working towards the goal of realizing a 3D memory by developing techniques for homogenous volume-embedding of a very efficient photoluminescent storage phosphor into glass or polymer blocks.

    As a first step towards reaching this goal, the task of implementing 2D memory on a single-layer glass slide will be investigated, followed by an experimental demonstration of the writing and readout processes. The task of embedding and dispersing the crystals uniformly into a glass block or the use of a stacked layer approach carry with them significant but rewarding challenges.

    The project offers the possibility of realizing a 3D memory using state-of-the-art glass processing facilities at the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and access to very efficient nanocrystalline storage phosphors. The successful completion of this project could involve an actual proof of concept demonstration of 2D and 3D memory using facilities available at the university.

    Detailed information on the position and how to apply

  • Whispering Gallery ModesInteraction of Whispering Gallery Mode resonances with surface plasmon polaritons

    The Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) at the University of Adelaide is seeking highly motivated science or engineering graduates to commence their PhD studies in 2016. The successful applicants will be part of Prof. Tanya Monro’s prestigious ARC Laureate fellowship, held across the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.

    The Laureate team, led by Prof. Tanya Monro, is acknowledged as a leader in the field of optical resonators (Whispering Gallery Modes) for applications ranging from biological sensing to nonlinear optics, with both a strong experimental and theoretical background. Furthermore, the Laureate team has access to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and resources across both University of Adelaide and UniSA.

    The proposed project aims to investigate the interaction of Whispering Gallery Mode (WGM) type resonances with surface plasmon polaritons. WGMs with their unique optical properties have attracted a lot of attention over the past decade, featuring numerous articles in both Science and Nature. While most resonators are operated at optical wavelengths, there is strong interest in combining WGMs with plasmonic effects, which involves the use of metals such as silver or gold onto the resonator’s surface, for enhancing the optical properties of these resonators and exploiting other effects such as metal enhanced fluorescence, eventually leading to a plasmon laser, or Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy.

    Detailed information on the position and how to apply.

  • Optical Glass Harnessing nanocrystal properties in optical glass

    The project aims to create next-generation nanotechnology-based photonic devices by embedding functional nanoparticles into glass materials. This new approach opens up a route to tailor the nanotechnology to the real world. The project will also explore potential applications of the novel nanomaterials and fibres in fibre sensing, concentrated solar cells, fibre lasers and waveguides.

    Detailed information on the position and how to apply.

  • Precision Measurement Group

    PMG is enthusiastic to receive highly motivated and research-focussed students to join the group. Further details are available by contacting Professor Andre Luiten


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