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Research Projects

CDT research students are engaged on a range of challenging doctoral research projects across the Centre's five main research themes, as shown below.  All students are jointly supervised by academic staff from the University of Glasgow and Queen's University Belfast. 

Ultra-reliable semiconductor lasers operating in hostile environments

Current Projects:

Semiconductor Lasers for Harsh Environments

Hybrid optical components for advanced quantum systems

GaN blue lasers for photonic integration

Quantum Dot Photonic Crystal Surface Emitting Laser


Low cost planar lightwave circuit platforms suitable for volume manufacture 

Current Projects:

Design Optimisation for an Integrated Optical Device based on Laser Interactions with Nanostructured Arrays

Hybrid Integrated Silicon Photonic Transceiver 

Heterogeneous integration of III-V lasers to optical waveguides 


Novel nanoplasmonic devices capable of operating in extreme environments

Current Projects:

Plasmonic Antennas for Extreme Light Concentration and Harvesting

Plasmonic properties of silver fractal nanostructures


Atomic scale analysis techniques

Current projects:

Antiferromagnetic Materials for Optical Recording

New Forms of Magnetic Storage: Manipulation of Skyrmion Lattices for Memory and Logic

Developing the Use of Functional Domain Walls in Oxides for Memory Storage Applications

Structure and Ferroic Ordering at Conducting Domain Walls

Advanced materials for magnetic recording

Current projects:

Mapping Plasmonic Excitations of Patterned TiN Nano-elements in the Scanning-transmission Electron Microscope

Thermal effects in nanostructured magnetic materials