Research course

Terahertz quantum cascade lasers

University of Leeds · School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in computer science or artificial intelligence. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Terahertz frequency imaging has a broad range of potential applications across the physical, biological, medical and astronomical sciences. Yet, this part of the electromagnetic spectrum has been relatively unexplored owing to the historical lack of compact terahertz sources. This project will build on Leeds’ extensive expertise in the growth, fabrication and measurement of terahertz quantum cascade lasers (with world-record output powers demonstrated in 2014), and design compact imaging and spectroscopy systems. There will be opportunities to work collaboratively (and have secondments) with our international academic partners in the US, Europe and far-East, and with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Space Department.

Keywords: Terahertz, quantum cascade lasers, imaging, astronomy, spectroscopy

Fees and funding

This scholarship is part of Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship scheme.

This scholarship is fully funded covering fees and a maintenance of £14,254 in 2016/17

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Dr Paul Dean