Quantum Phase Transitions Driven by Quantum Fields
Quantum phase transitions describe dramatic changes in the properties of a quantum many-body system. An example is a ferromagnet that becomes a paramagnet as the strength of an applied magnetic field is increased beyond a threshold value and the spins in the magnet align to it.
Whereas such an applied magnetic field is usually modelled as a classical field, you will investigate in this project how this scenario changes if it is a quantum field.
The findings of the project will have strong connections to dynamical gauge fields, as they feature in the standard model of particle physics, and may even allow for drawing connections to cosmic inflation and its mechanism for creating structure in the universe.
The Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences (IPAQS) carries out broad range of world-leading research in photonic physics, engineering photonics and quantum sciences.
IPAQS builds on Heriot-Watt’s 40+ years of history in world-leading research in photonics and spans a broad range of research – from lasers and optical sensing approaches to future manufacturing methods to the fundamentals of quantum information. As our title suggests, there will be a special focus on quantum sciences and its close relationship with photonics-based technology.
Requirements All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng or equivalent degree by Autumn 2019. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype). DTP’s are only open to UK/EU applicants. DTP Studentships are only available for students who meet residency requirements set out by EPSRC
Closing Date All applications must be received by 8th February 2019. All successful candidates must commence studies by 1st December 2019 at the very latest.
How to Apply Apply Online: https://hwacuk.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Admissions/Pages/Login.aspx
When applying through the Heriot-Watt on-line system please ensure you provide the following information:
(a) in ‘Study Option’
You will need to select ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘Postgraduate Research’. ‘Programme’ presents you with a drop-down menu. Choose Bio-Engineering & Bio-Science PhD, Chemistry PhD, Physics PhD, Chemical Engineering PhD, Mechanical Engineering PhD or Electrical PhD as appropriate and select October 2019 for study option (this can be updated at a later date if required)
(b) in ‘Research Project Information’
You will be provided with a free text box for details of your research project. Enter Title and Reference number of the project for which you are applying and also enter the supervisor’s name.
This information will greatly assist us in tracking your application.
Please note that once you have submitted your application, it will not be considered until you have uploaded your CV and transcripts.
The annual stipend will be approx. £14,777 and full fees will be paid, for 3.5 years.