THz emitters


Contact Professor B J Hickey to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

THz emitters are extremely useful and to secure their future as devices, there needs to be a means of cheaply producing THz radiation.  Thus far, solid state emitters are often based on semiconductors whereas metals offer significant advantages: their absorption is nearly independent of wavelength, broadband photocurrents, a featureless THz refractive index and a large thermal conductivity.  But more significantly, all solid state devices utilse only the charge on electrons and not the spin.  It has just been discovered that using the spin can lead to considerable advantages such as a wide bandwidth and ultrafast photocurrents. 

In this PhD project we will explore the potential for making rapid progress towards a superlative performance in a THz emitter.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with, or expecting, a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1) in a relevant discipline, a Master's degree in a relevant discipline, or both.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is 'THz emitters' as well as Professor B J Hickey as your proposed supervisor.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office e:

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates.  All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.