About the Project
Research Area: Since the pioneering work of Beaurepaire and co-workers in 1996 , the field of ultrafast spin dynamics has rapidly developed. The ability to use femtosecond laser pulses to not only quench magnetic order, but reverse  and control it has opened up new possibilities for magnetic data storage and information processing. More recently, with recent advances in experimental methodology and the need for low-power future information technologies, there has been huge interest in the area of using finely tuned laser pulses with frequencies of light in the terahertz regime.
The aim of this PhD will be to develop models of terahertz-induced spin dynamics based on a multi-scale approach. The successful candidate will use state-of-the-art density functional theory methods alongside atomistic spin dynamics  to simulate the dynamics of complex magnetic materials after excitation with a terahertz laser pulse. He/she will work alongside a postdoctoral researcher and a senior scientist at the Science and Technologies Facilities Council working on the EPSRC project, TERASWITCH, to support his/her research and will be supported by experimental measurements through collaborations with the Free University in Berlin. The modeling group within the Materials and Engineering Research Institute has extensive experience in computational modelling and the research group of Dr Ostler has extensive knowledge of theoretical and computational magnetism.
We are seeking a highly motivated graduate in physics, engineering or mathematics with experience in programming and strong mathematical skills. Knowledge of condensed matter physics and/or magnetism and magnetic materials, as well as knowledge of methods in computational magnetism/condensed matter (e.g. density function theory, monte-carlo methods), is desirable but not essential.
Application deadline: 12 noon 1st July 2020
How to apply
We strongly recommend you contact the lead academic, Thomas Ostler [Email Address Removed] to discuss your application
Start date for studentship: Enrolment in September 2020
Interviews are scheduled for: week commencing 13th July 2020.
For information on how to apply please visit https://www.shu.ac.uk/research/degrees Your application should be emailed to [Email Address Removed] and cc in [Email Address Removed] by the closing date of 1 July 2020.
Information on entry requirements can be found at https://www.shu.ac.uk/research/specialisms/materials-and-engineering-research-institute/research-degrees
 – Ostler et al. Ultrafast heating as a sufficient stimulus for magnetization reversal in a ferrimagnet. Nature Communications, 3, 666 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms1666
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