National Physical Laboratory (NPL), United Kingdom

General Description

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK’s National Measurement Institute, and is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology available. NPL currently employs over 500 scientists and provides 388 state-of-the-art research laboratories. The NPL facilities include a cleanroom for fabrication of microphotonics devices and advanced laser manufacturing equipment.

NPL is located south of London in Teddington (~35 minutes by train to London Waterloo) close to Bushy Park with the historic Hampton Court Palace in Bushy Park and close to the river Thames.

The Microphotonics Laboratory at NPL has a strong research focus on ultra-high-Q optical microresonators. These resonators are ideal candidates for compact optical frequency comb generators for microphotonic applications. In addition NPL is working on a large number of quantum technologies and novel types of integrated photonic sensor technologies. The Time and Frequency division at NPL hosts three of the world’s most accurate optical clocks.

As per COFUND guidelines, fellowship programmes will be based on individual-driven mobility, i.e., researchers will be able to freely choose a research topic fitting their individual needs.

The subject of the research project is expected to contribute to European competitiveness and to be in the general field of Photonics and/or its applications. Within these limitations, applicants can freely choose both their research topic and their host organisation, in the spirit of the ‘European Charter for Researchers’.

Contact person – Pascal Del’Haye,

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