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Electronic Structure Beyond Density Functional Theory and its Application to Momentum-Resolved Spectroscopies

   School of Physics

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About the Project

The project:

Understanding the complex behaviour of electrons in solids is an immensely difficult task, but one which is hugely important for future technological exploitation.

You would develop and apply cutting-edge electronic structure methods which go beyond the standard density functional theory approach, focusing on dynamical mean field theory and the so-called GW approximation. You will make use of Bristol’s high-performance computing capability. Most importantly, a key part of the project will be to test those calculations against state-of-the-art experiments by calculating quantities which can be experimentally determined.

On the experimental side, the project will take advantage of Bristol’s unique NanoESCA facility for probing electronic structure ( using photoemission. In addition, we will use Compton scattering to provide access to the (many body) ground-state electronic wavefunction, and also the Fermi surface. The Fermi surface is one of the most important concepts in the physics of metals. Its shape is important for understanding their properties and behaviours and measuring it is a challenging but important task. The group is currently working on a diverse range of materials, including topological superconductors, high-entropy alloys, half-metallic ferromagnets, (topological) Kondo insulators and correlated oxides, all materials with particularly desirable properties to underpin future technologies.

You will have the opportunity of operating in an environment where experimental work is supported and inspired by electronic structure theory developed and executed within the group. You would be expected to take a leading role in the theoretical endeavours.

The project would suit someone who has a strong interest in computational theoretical condensed matter physics but would like to maintain a very close connection to experiment. As part of this project, you might also be involved with experiments at local, national and international facilities (such as SPring-8 in Japan).

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Candidate requirements: 

Candidates should have completed an undergraduate degree (minimum 2(i) honours or equivalent) in Physics.

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project at Please select ‘Physics (PhD)’ on the Programme Choice page. You will be prompted to enter details of the studentship in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form. Please make sure you include the title of studentship and the contact supervisor in your Personal Statement.

You are encouraged to contact Prof. Stephen Dugdale ([Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

This studentship is fully funded under the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership. Funding will cover tuition fees at the UK student level and an annual stipend for up to three and half years at the standard UKRI stipend rate (currently £15,609 per annum for 2021/22).

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