PhD position on structured light lasers

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University of Strathclyde
1 November, 2014


Dept. of Physics, University of Strathclyde
107 Rottenrow
Glasgow G4 0NG
United Kingdom
Phone: +441415483357
55° 51' 41.9472" N, 4° 14' 22.7652" W

A structured light laser

A picture is worth a thousand words; and in a very real sense, images encoded in the profile of a laser provide a highly efficient method to encrypt and convey information. Light profiles that carry orbital angular momentum (OAM) present a particular set of complex images, with advanced generation and detection technology already in place – even for single photons. In this PhD project – funded by the Leverhulme Trust and in collaboration with Dr. Sonja Franke-Arnold at the University of Glasgow – you will demonstrate storage and processing of OAM information in a rubidium vapour. You will support shifts between differently coloured images and build a dynamically controlled OAM light laser – elements required for a true OAM quantum network. The PhD will be carried out in the Experimental Quantum Optics and Photonics Group in the Physics Department at the University of Strathclyde.

Contact: Dr Aidan Arnold (aidan [dot] arnold [at] strath [dot] ac [dot] uk), Prof Erling Riis (e [dot] riis [at] strath [dot] ac [dot] uk)
Start date: Immediately (from 1st October 2014)
Eligibility: EU students only

G. Walker, A.S. Arnold and S. Franke-Arnold, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 243601 (2012).
A. Vernier, S. Franke-Arnold, E. Riis and A.S. Arnold,  Opt. Express 18, 17020 (2010).

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