- Programme type: Research
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Our research concentrates on several aspects of ultrashort (<1 ps) laser pulses – their measurement and shaping; their generation at new wavelengths; and their application in novel microscopy.
Sources we have developed include modelocked Ti:sapphire, Cr:LiSAF, Er:fibre and optical parametric oscillators. We have explored how “chirped” nonlinear crystals can be applied to frequency conversion and pulse shaping.
Our pulse measurement work has demonstrated real-time measurement of ultrafast pulses in amplitude and phase and, in collaboration with Professor Alan Greenaway, we are developing a system for arbitrary femtosecond pulse shaping based on adaptive optics.
In microscopy we have applied femtosecond techniques to allow 2D and 3D imaging of silicon integrated circuits and are developing a microscope for 3D imaging of fluid flow.
A new direction for the group is the area of femtosecond laser micro-machining. This began with the commissioning of a state-of-the-art high-energy femtosecond laser in 2003.
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English language requirements
If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:
- 2 semesters English (for IELTS of 4.5-5.0);
- 12 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5*-6.0). (*minimum 5.5 reading and writing)
Fees for this programme can be found on our Tuition fees page.
Scholarships & bursaries
Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
International (Commonwealth citizens)
Commonwealth Scholarships Scheme
Candidates from developed Commonwealth countries (see below)
EPS PG Research Scholarships
All PG research applicants
East Lothian Educational Trust
Applicants must be a resident of the old county of East Lothian (ie excluding Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.)
Entente Cordiale Scholarships
French nationals aged 35 or under.
James Watt Fees Scholarships
All UK/EU applicants
Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust
Restricted to residents of the UK who are a son, daughter, spouse, widow or widower of a commercial traveller, chemist or grocer.
MASTS (Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland) Prize Studentships
Students with suitable qualifications and a project proposal as outlined on the MASTS website
Remission of Fees (families of staff)
Spouses/civil partners and children of members of staff, also retired members of staff of the University
SUPA Prize Studentships
Students with a PhD proposal in Physics
Scotland's Saltire Scholarships
Citizens of Canada, the People's Republic of China, India or USA (2 awards for each country)
Employees of Heriot-Watt University
West Lothian Educational Trust
Individuals must have originated in West Lothian or have lived there for the last 3 years.