Selection and recruitment to this project will be conducted in parallel with the other projects being advertised with Unik Lasers. Only two of the three projects will be available for starting in 2018.
Single-frequency lasers are critical enabling technologies in applications as diverse as laser cooling and atomic clocks, gravimeters, LIDAR for remote wind measurement, and semiconductor wafer inspection. To ensure single-frequency operation, the length of the laser resonators in such systems must be stabilised to a fraction of the wavelength of operation. For many applications, the laser must also be locked with extremely high precision to an external reference such as an ultra-stable optical resonator or an atomic spectral line. This 4-year EngD programme will focus on the design, development and commercialisation of next-generation laser stabilisation and locking technologies, with a focus on modulation-free techniques. The project will include mathematical modelling, as well as building and testing of hardware demonstrators. The ultimate aim is to introduce these technologies into UniKLasers products, with the goals of maximising stability, system miniaturisation and cost reduction. The research and engineering will cover a variety of areas including laser system design, actuator technology, electronic hardware design, firmware and software programming of controllers, and building and testing of laser systems.
Information for applicants
· A self-motivated individual, capable of working independently
· The enthusiasm to learn and to extend into new areas as part of this multi-disciplinary project
· The capability to multi-task and to adapt to the fast-changing world within a growing technology company
· Experience of programming of hardware controllers
· Experience of analogue and digital electronic design
· Knowledge of control theory
· Knowledge of laser physics