Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

As part of the £5.5m EPSRC grant, ‘Next Generation Metrology Driven by Nanophotonics’ awarded to the Universities of Huddersfield and Southampton, , we have several PhD opportunities to offer and are interested in finding applicants with 2:1 degree or above in Physics, Mathematics, Engineering or a related discipline, and with interest in the areas of optical metamaterials/nanophotonics and optical instrumentation. 1) Metalenses for metrological applications: Lenses are a staple of optical instruments, but their size and weight are a real barrier to instrument miniaturisation. By replacing conventional lenses with metalens alternatives real progress could be made in this area. This project will create and optimise lenses suitable for use in specific real world applications and with performance closely matched to the requirements optical metrology. 2) Multi-functional metasurfaces: Metasurfaces offer exquisite control of light which can reproduce the effects of conventional optical elements e.g. a metalens will focus light in the same way as a refractive lens. However, metasurfaces need not only be designed to mimic the effect of conventional optical components. A single metasurface can change a wavefront in a manner that would normally require several optical elements e.g. lenses, filters etc., yielding compact systems requiring minimal alignment. 3) Ultra-compact metrology systems: Developed nanophotonic elements will still need to be integrated with conventional optics such as light sources, detectors and spectrometers. It will be necessary to develop the engineering know-how to enable this to happen. Once developed, ultra-compact ‘nanophotonic enabled’ instrumentation will need to be undergo performance verification and methods for calibration will also need to be created. 4) Integration of nanophotonic components: Nanophotonic elements will be used to develop a set of highly miniaturised optical probes that can be used as the front-end of an instrument. This will not only allow measurements to be taken in areas that were previously inaccessible, but the additional control provided by the nanophotonic elements will mean that the illumination and collection of the light can tailored to specific types of measurement principle.

  • 74 Citations
  • 5 h-Index

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I started at the University of Huddersfield in 2016, moving from NPL where I had been a Higher Research Scientist working on routes to calibrate instruments such as White Light Interferometers. I obtained my PhD in Physics from the University of Nottingham in 2009, and subsequently worked on optical data storage as a postdoctoral Research Assistant with the optics group at Imperial College London. My current focus in on the development of optical instrumentation and methods for use in advanced manufacturing, with a focus on the exploitation of new and emerging technologies to achieve these aims. I have a particular focus on the use of nanophotonic/metamaterial elements to enable the development of ultra-compact instrumentation that can be integrated with manufacturing processes. 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Nanophotonics/Metamaterials
  • Ultra-compact instrumentation
  • Modelling of optical instruments
  • Simulation techniques
  • Fourier Optics
  • Photonic Crystals

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Optics and Photonics
  • Metameterials
  • Instrumentation
  • signal processing
  • fourier optics

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Research Output

  • 74 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 13 Article
  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 1 Review article

Extended sub-surface imaging in industrial OCT using ‘non-diffracting’ Bessel beams

Martin, H., Kumar, P., Henning, A. & Jiang, X., 1 Jun 2020, In : CIRP Annals. 69, 1, p. 493-496 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • In-situ displacement measurement for use in LHC collimators

    Furness, T., Williamson, J., Fletcher, S., Iqbal, A., Bell, A., Henning, A., Martin, H., Jiang, J., Bertarelli, A., Carra, F., Pasquali, M. & Redaelli, S., 12 Jun 2020, Proceedings of the 20th International Conference of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology: Euspen 2020, Virtual Conference. Leach, R. K., Billington, D., Nisbet, C. & Phillips, D. (eds.). euspen, p. 309-312 4 p. P5.08

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Improved description of the signal formation in grating generated-optical coherence tomography

    Tang, D., Henning, A., Gao, F., Gribble, A. & Jiang, X., 6 Nov 2019, In : Optics Express. 27, 23, p. 33999-34010 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Improvements to dispersed reference interferometry: beyond the linear approximation

    Henning, A., Williamson, J., Martin, H. & Jiang, X., 1 Jan 2019, In : Applied Optics. 58, 1, p. 131-136 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)