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  Topological quantum structures in bismuth ferrite superlattices


   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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  Dr Thomas Moore, Prof Christopher Marrows, Prof Andrew Bell  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Topologically non-trivial structures with particle-like properties in condensed matter systems, known as skyrmions, have recently been proposed for quantum computing. Though skyrmions have been observed in both ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials with sizes in the nanometre range, identifying optimal materials to control these quantum objects remains difficult. This project will create multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BFO) superlattices in which there are alternating layers of BFO and another oxide to generate topological quantum structures as a result of strain at the interfaces. The project will further explore the control of these quantum structures through the application of electric fields as a pre-requisite for manipulating quantum information.

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Funding Notes

A highly competitive EPSRC Quantum Technologies Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship offering the award of fees, together with a tax-free maintenance grant of £19,237 per year for 3.5 years. Training and support will also be provided. This opportunity is open to UK applicants only.


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