While the 5th Generation of mobile communications (5G) are currently being standardised by the industry it is expected that 6th Generation (6G) mobile communication networks will be required to support Tbps data rates. The only feasible way to achieve this is to use up to one thousand times or more of the spectrum that is being allocated for 5G. This is available in the so called Terahertz frequencies and the most fundamental challenge in the use of this spectrum is our current inability to achieve output powers from terahertz sources which make them suitable for 6G mobile communications. A global race is therefore currently ongoing internationally to research and engineer disruptive nano-scale technologies to produce novel Terahertz sources.

One of the most promising lines of research is the use of plasmonic sources to generate electromagnetic waves in the terahertz frequency range. The typical plasma frequencies of most materials are in the optical range, however, photonic man-made nano-structures can be made with tunable plasmon frequency.

The aim of this project is to perform: a rigorous study of the state-of-the-art in terahertz radiation sources, research into synthetic graphene based nano-structures, to undertake the design and validation of such sources, experimentation (in collaborations with nanoGUNE) of the developed terahertz sources to validate theoretical and computational findings, and to move research forward in actual fabrication and future applications.

Type of award

Postgraduate Research

Award amount

£14,553 tax free stipend plus UK/EU fees waiver.


The Scholarship includes a three year stipend at a standard rate (currently £14,553 per annum) and, in addition, fees at the UK/EU rate. Since the scholarship only covers fees at the UK/EU rate any overseas applicants are kindly requested to state in their application how they propose to cover the difference between UK/EU and overseas fees (for more details visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/phd/fees-and-scholarships).

Application procedure

Please apply through the post-graduate application system of the University of Sussex (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/apply) and clearly state the title of the studentship on your application.


Deadline: 16/08/2017.

Further information

Contact details

Contact for informal enquiries and a full project description: Prof Maziar Nekovee, http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/410738


Available to:

UK, Europe (Non-UK), International (Non-UK/EU)

At level(s):

PG (research)

Application deadline:

16 August 2017