PhD Students


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Miranda Turvey

Miranda is currently a PhD student at the Optoelectronics Research Centre in the Smith Group. She graduated in 2014 with a BSc in Physical Science from the Open University. Her research looks at Bragg grating assisted ring resonators for use in quantum sources and rotational sensors.

In her spare time she enjoys writing, recording and producing her own music, and has an interest in martial arts.


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Alexander Jantzen

Alex is a CASE PhD student (2015 – 2019) at Optoelectronics Research Centre and is supported by Parker Aerospace with supervision from Peter G. R. Smith, Christopher Holmes and Lewis J. Boyd (Parker Aerospace). He holds a first class masters of physics with experimental research degree from Southampton and is a chief laserist for the Light Express and the outreach team leader for the Southampton Accelerate! show.

His research is on developing scalable harsh environment optical pressure sensors for use in aerospace. His work covers integrated circuits,  modified chemical vapour deposition, microfabrication, laser processing, etching, environment testing, device development, Bragg gratings, planar lightwave circuits, fiber optics and device packaging.

Alex has received numerous recognitions throughout his PhD being the first winner of the Sir David Payne Student Scholar award in 2015, won the first place prize at the Optics Outreach Games in San Diego, won first place at the second year PhD talks in 2017, came runner up and people’s choice in the faculty final of 3 MT in 2017 as well as winning the Best Communicator award at the science and engineering festival 2016.

His hobbies include, DIY on automotive vehicles and home improvements, running, computer games, learning new languages ( Hallo! Ich lerne gerade Deutsch), travelling and doing home experiments.

Alex (presenting second) can be seen with his colleague Callum Stirling(presenting first) in this video from activity that won the first place prize at the Optics Outreach Games:


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James Field

James is currently a PhD. student under the supervision of Prof Smith. He graduated from Oxford University with a masters in physics in 2016. He is researching possible routes for making modulators for quantum optics.

Is his spare time James likes listening to loud music and cycling (or sometimes falling) down hills.


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Alan Gray

Alan is currently a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Holmes, Dr. Gawith and Prof. Smith. Alan graduated with a BSc in Experimental Physics in 2014 from Maynooth University and an MSc in Applied Physics in 2015 from the University of Limerick. He then spent a year and a half with Intel Corporation as a CVD process engineer before joining the group in early 2017. Alan’s project involves research into novel quantum optical devices.


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Senta Scholl

Senta finished her Masters in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology focusing in Micro-, Nano- and Optoelectronics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. She wrote her Master thesis with the Silicon Photonics group at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) in Southampton, where she is currently pursuing a PhD with the Optical Engineering and Quantum Photonics group.

Her research focuses on developing optical sensors for aerospace based on planar and fibre Bragg gratings. Her PhD is supported by Parker Aerospace in Bristol and supervised by Peter G. R. Smith, Christopher Holmes, Mohammed El-Hajjar and Lewis J. Boyd (Parker Aerospace).

Senta is currently the chair of the IEEE Studentbranch in Southampton, the ORC Student Representative within the Faculty Grad School Committee and Coordinator and Hiring Manager of the ECS MSc Mentoring Scheme. She is also very engaged in outreach activities such as Light Express, Lightwave and Accelerate.


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Charlie Turner

Charlie is a PhD student under the supervision of Dr Corin Gawith, Dr Lewis Carpenter, Dr Sam Berry and group leader Prof Peter smith.

Charlie graduated from the University of Southampton in 2017 with an MPhys – Physics with nanotechnology.

His PhD project revolves around creating devices for mid IR quasi-phase matching in nonlinear optical materials such as Gallium Arsenide.


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Chloe Watson

Chloe is a PhD student under the supervision of Corin Gawith, Sam Berry and Lewis Carpenter. Her research is focused on the development of high performance non-linear optical crystals. She graduated from Swansea University with a Masters in Physics in 2017. During her spare time Chloe enjoys board games and playing the violin

Jack Pangbourne


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Jack joined the Optical Engineering and Quantum Photonics group in the ORC in autumn 2018 as a PhD student. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Manchester, leaving with an MPhys in Physics with Theoretical Physics. Deciding the theoretical life wasn’t for him, he is now working on a PhD project as part of the NQIT hub focussed on building a low loss optical switch for ion quantum computing.

Jack is currently the president of the Optics and Photonics Society, a student chapter of both OSA and SPIE. In his spare time, Jack is generally found playing games, reading manga (日本語で), or baking.


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Delta C Hung

Delta is currently a PhD student in the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton. She graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Physics in 2017 and then went on to complete a postgraduate MSc in Physics at University College London in 2018. Her current research interests include direct UV writing and integrated optical quantum circuits.