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Interplay between thermal and magnetic (spin) currents: theory and experiments

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Kelly Morrison
    Dr M Greenaway
    Dr F Dejene
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
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Project Description

An opportunity to work in a rapidly developing field of research, developing a diverse range of analytical and numerical skills. This project will be working alongside the EPSRC Fellowship - Reliable, Scalable and Affordable Thermoelectrics: Spin Seebeck Based Devices for Energy Harvesting, with three academic staff, two postdocs and another PhD student.

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Full Project Detail

The spin Seebeck effect is a newly discovered phenomenon that manifests as the generation of a spin current when a magnetic material is subjected to a temperature gradient. For this reason, it is often classed with a larger group of effects under the umbrella term “spin caloritronics”, i.e. the interplay of spin and thermal currents. These effects have exciting potential for future electronic devices, in particular in the creation of efficient spin-based devices to harvest wasted energy from heat sources such as engines, boilers and computers.

The objective of this PhD is to develop new theoretical models to investigate the interplay between thermal and spin transport in spin Seebeck devices. The student will combine atomistic calculations of the material properties with Boltzmann transport calculations of coupled magnon-phonon transport to obtain a deep understanding of the fundamental physics of the spin Seebeck effect. These models will be used to design new structures for the next generation of spin caloritronic devices. The student will work closely with researchers carrying out experiments on these devices which will inform both the modelling and understanding of the experimental results. The student may also have the opportunity to carry out new experiments on this type of device and explore their own experimental proposals.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience of developing code, in for example, C/C++ or Matlab, would be helpful.

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Physics.

Please quote reference number: KM/PH/2019.

Funding Notes

This studentship will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or any of the advertised projects prioritised for funding by the School of Science.

The 3-year studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £14,777 (2018 rate) per annum (in line with the standard research council rates) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non-EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.

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