Location University of Queensland, UQ Graduate School
App. deadline 31/12/2018
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Australian residents only

Next generation through-earth wireless communication

Wireless communication is widespread. However, high levels of absorption greatly limit its use when signals must propagate through water or the earth. Resolving this problem would enable many important applications, for instance in mining and quarrying, communication between underwater and air vehicles, and the detection of underground minerals and man-made objects. This project will apply next generation sensors to this problem, allowing the underground detection of wireless signals that are orders-of-magnitude smaller than has been possible before.

The project is supported by, and will be undertaken in collaboration with, Orica Ltd. Orica is an Australian resources company and the world’s largest provider of explosives and blasting systems to the mining, quarrying, oil and gas, and construction markets.

The project is underpinned by quantum technologies developed at the University of Queensland, and particularly ultrasensitive silicon-chip based magnetometers that allow the detection of exquisitely weak wireless signals. It is supported by the University of Queensland Precision Sensing Initiative, which seeks to translate sensing technologies developed at the University into disruptive real-world applications.

The project will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to contribute to the leading-edge in international sensing research, to learn state-of-the-art nanofabrication and sensing techniques, and to engage with and develop strong ties to a leading Australian technology company.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor Warwick Bowen and will be enrolled through UQ's School of Mathematics and Physics.

Selection criteria 

The ideal candidate would have a strong academic background in physics, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering; and lab experience in one or more of photonics, radio frequency communications, or micro-/nanofabrication.

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