Tahiyat HuqStart date: 01-10-2018
Academic department: Physics
Title of research project: Sculpting single-photon emission with nano-dielectrics
Academic supervisor: Dr Riccardo Sapienza
Native country: United Kingdom

How has the scholarship award enabled you to pursue your ambitions? 
Just recently, I was able to travel to a Nanophotonics summer-school in Amsterdam which was an enriching experience in disseminating and discussing research work with academics in the field as well as peers. Moreover, the scholarship has facilitated living in London with ease.

Why did you choose to study at Imperial? 
Imperial is a world-class research university with a long-standing history in Optics and currently hosts a large and active research community in this field. Vitally, the topic, facilities, and my supervisor were a good fit and so I decided to come here for my PhD.

What have you been up to on the programme so far? 
Thus far the research project has consisted of background reading and large amounts of hands-on experience in the lab, undertaking confocal microscopy and building a nonlinear setup for the study of nanoantennas. Through this scholarship programme I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet students from other faculties, which I may not otherwise have had, and the annual Schrödinger Lecture was very inspiring indeed.