|Location||University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology|
|Eligibility||Australian residents only|
Developing Optical Manipulation and Imaging Tools for Extreme Engineering Environments
Current optical manipulation techniques work in highly controlled environments on well-defined particles. For applications in environments where these conditions are not readily met, there is still the need for examining particle properties and dynamics. One example would be to trap and analyse particles in an engine, where contaminants, pressure and lack of optical access work against single particle, optically based, analysis tools.
In this project the goal will be to develop fibre based optical manipulation and imaging tools that can work in extreme environments such as engines and field-based monitoring systems. It will also explore how such tools could be used to study cloud seeding. The work will involve solving problems around carrying out imaging through thin optical fibres, extracting useful data about particle properties from the same fibre, and how to build robust optical systems in places where optics don’t normally need to go. On the application side, the work will explore trapped particle behaviour in these environments and look at particle changes over time.
The project will involve the development of the optical manipulation and imaging instrumentation and their integration into the engineering environments under study. The project will be collaborative between Prof. McGloin’s group and other Engineering groups, in particular, Dr Nic Surawski’s.
This project is available in the group of Prof. David McGloin, whose group at UTS aims to develop new optical instrumentation with applications in light-matter interactions, aerosol science, biophotonics and imaging.
Scholarships are tax-free and valued at $27,082 pa (indexed annually) for 3 years. Top-up scholarships, up to a maximum value of $12,000pa (for 3 years), may also be allocated to exceptional domestic candidates awarded competitive scholarships.
The ideal candidate will have a strong honours degree or equivalent in an area such as physics, photonics, physical chemistry, environmental engineering, electronic engineering or other related backgrounds.
For information about any of the projects and details on how to apply please contact David McGloin email@example.com
Closing dates: Australian Domestic students: 30th September
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