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Mechanics of Superfluids with Immersed Objects (PROMENTDU20SCIO)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, January 30, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This innovative and exciting PhD project aims to study the mechanical properties of superfluids in the presence of topological defects (vortices) and immersed objects (external confining potentials, impurities). The research methodology will be interdisciplinary involving background knowledge of physics, applied mathematics, engineering and computer science.

Superfluids are fluids characterised by the absence of viscosity and by the presence of topological defects called quantum vortices. Superfluidity usually manifests at low temperature and it is a consequence of quantum mechanics.

Several open questions regarding the static properties of topological defects in superfluids, their chaotic dynamics, and their interactions with immersed objects need to be answered.

Dr Proment has several ongoing international collaborations on these topics involving both theoreticians and experimentalists, especially in Europe. Visits to collaborators and period spent abroad will be particularly encouraged.

For more information and discuss the details of the project please contact directly Dr Proment ( ,

For more information on the supervisor for this project, please go here:

This is a PhD programme.

The start date of this project is 1 October 2020.

The mode of study is full-time. The studentship length is 3 years with a 1-year registration period.

Funding Notes

This PhD project is in a competition for a Faculty of Science funded studentship. Funding is available to UK/EU applicants and comprises home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,009 for 3 years. Overseas applicants may apply but they are required to fund the difference between home/EU and overseas tuition fees (which for 2019-20 are detailed on the University’s fees pages at View Website . Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual increase).

Entry requirements:

Acceptable first degree in Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, Computing Sciences.

The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1.


1. Breaking of Josephson junction oscillations and onset of quantum turbulence in Bose-Einstein condensates, Griffin et al., arXiv:1910.00096 (2019)
2. Starting flow past an airfoil and its acquired lift in a superfluid, Musser et al., Physical Review Letters 123, 154502 (2019)
3. Clustering and phase transitions in a 2D superfluid with immiscible active impurities, Giuriato et al., Journal of Physics A 52, 305501 (2019)

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