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Correlated non-equilibrium quantum matter

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, February 28, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The dynamics of interacting quantum systems host a variety of fascinating phenomena. Recent developments include new non-equilibrium phases of matter characterised by many-body localization and time-crystallinity. In these phases of matter laws of equilibrium thermodynamics cease to apply, thereby exhibiting macroscopic quantum behaviour in highly excited states. These have opened the door for investigating quantum many body physics in an entirely new regime away from zero temperature. Furthermore, recent experimental progress in quantum control of solid state systems (NV centres, quantum dots) and synthetic quantum systems (cold atoms, trapped ions) has allowed exploration of these questions in the laboratory.

This project aims to study the properties of many-body localisation and time-crystallinity. Focus would be on long-range interacting systems and the effects of external environment. The work is related to a European Research Council funded project in the group on the same subject. The candidate will be expected to be well-versed with the concepts and tools of quantum many-body physics and quantum information science. The project will involve applying both analytical and numerical methods. Therefore, a strong background in condensed matter theory and quantum many-body physics will be preferred. There is also scope for collaboration with experimental groups at UCL studying quantum dynamics.

For further details on the research in the group refer to the group webpage (

Applicants should have (or expect by September 2019) at least a 2.1 MSci (or the equivalent from a non-UK university) in physics. They will demonstrate strong interest and self-motivation in the subject, good analytical and computational skills, and ability to think critically and creatively.

Funding Notes

Please submit applications in the following format:
• A CV, including full details of all University course grades to date.
• Contact details for three academic or professional referees (at least two academic).
• A personal statement (750 words maximum) outlining (i) your suitability for the project with reference to the criteria in the person specification, (ii) what you hope to achieve from the PhD and (iii) your research experience to-date.

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