Shaping light in space and time

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor – Dr Mickael

We seek applications from suitably qualified candidates who will focus on the development of optical systems for the measurement and manipulation of the spatial, spectral and temporal properties of light. The position is fully funded by a PhD stipend from the University of Queensland.

The project relates to an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) “Taming the light: full control in polarisation, space, and time”, led by Dr Mickael Mounaix. This project will extend the capacity to control all the properties of an optical bean (space, time, polarisation) in the frame of a collaboration between the University of Queensland and industry partner Nokia Bell Laboratories [1]. A general audience video, explaining the research problem and our results is available [2]. The aim of this PhD project is to build prototype optical beam shaping systems, that can control all the properties of a light beam. The project will culminate with applying the developed prototypes to the field of high-power fibre amplifiers, with interesting perspectives in laser physics, optical micromanipulation and the interaction between light and matter.

The successful applicant will work in a young and  dynamic team at the School of ITEE at UQ (Dr Mickael MounaixDr Joel CarpenterDr Martin Ploschner), and in strong collaboration with industry partner Nokia Bell Laboratories (9 Nobel Prizes in Physics, the Turing medal, and the National Medals of Science) in the USA.

[1]: Mickael Mounaix, Nicolas K. Fontaine, David T. Neilson, Roland Ryf, Haoshuo Chen, Juan Carlos Alvarado-Zacarias & Joel Carpenter, “Time reversed optical waves by arbitrary vector spatiotemporal field generation”, Nature Communications volume 11, Article number: 5813 (2020) link  

[2] : “Time reversed optical waves by arbitrary vector spatiotemporal field generation (General audience)”

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of experimental work, numerical simulation and programming would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of optical physics, especially Fourier optics and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of programming, particularly in Matlab, Python, C, C++ and CUDA is highly desirable.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2022. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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