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Physics PhD Studentship in Metamaterial Physics: Scattering and Localisation of Microwave Surface Waves

Important description
The project will consider the manipulation of microwave bound surface waves that exist at the surface of a metal, in particular studying the phenomenon of scattering and localisation of these modes on metamaterials and meta-surfaces. We are interested in ideas such as surface wave cloaking and surface wave absorbers and line modes, and the successful applicant will likely split their time between undertaking experiments and modelling (numerical and/or analytical).

Having already modelled, manufactured and characterised a surface wave Luneburg lens and omni-direction absorber, our team of researchers now wish to understand the fundamentals of surface waves at discontinuities, boundaries, defects and edges. While surface wave cloaks can help be devised to reduce scattering from these defects and a perfect surface wave absorbers would completely avoid unwanted scatter, the operation of leaky / surface wave antennas are based on the requirement of efficient out-coupling of surface wave energy. The control of the directionality and angle spread of the scattered signal is of great relevance for useful device performance.

Contact for Informal Enquiries: Prof Alastair Hibbins, a.p.hibbins@exeter.ac.uk

Eligibility and other criteria
Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in Physics, Natural Sciences or Electrical Engineering.

Application deadline
* February 14, 2014

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How to apply
To apply, you must complete the online web form. You will be asked to submit some personal details and upload a full CV, covering letter and details of two academic referees. Your covering letter should outline your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake this project. If you do not have references for your nominated referees, please upload a file containing their name and their relationship to you (e.g. tutor, supervisor etc).

For General enquiries please contact Fiona Ayre, emps-pgr-ad@exeter.ac.uk

Funding Notes:
3.5 year studentship. Tuition fees (UK/EU), annual maintenance allowance at current research council rate with a top up of £500 per annum.

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