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Tuning correlated electron systems from magnetism to unconventional superconductivity


Department of Physics

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Dr P G Niklowitz Applications accepted all year round Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a PhD project in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics. In this project you will explore the rich phase diagrams of strongly correlated electron systems. You will investigate the ferromagnetic quantum critical region, where the emergence of spin-density wave order has been observed. You will also tune antiferromagnetic interactions to search for new phases of electronic matter including unconventional and high-temperature superconductivity. The project will involve the exploration of selected Fe-based compounds. To achieve a high success rate in our search for correlated-electron phenomena, we tune candidate materials by applying high pressure and by changing the chemical composition. The combination of electrical transport, susceptibility and magnetisation measurements at Royal Holloway with neutron and X-ray scattering experiments at large facilities will allow you to collect comprehensive results during your PhD project.
You will be included in the postgraduate teaching programme of GRADnet of the South East Physics network (SEPnet). If you choose to apply, please use the ’apply online’ links to the Royal Holloway website and fill out the online application form. In addition, please forward your CV, transcript, reference and supporting statement to us on email using the email button.

Funding Notes

Applications are accepted all year round. Funding will cover students' maintenance and fees. Candidates should have a degree in physics or a related subject (preferably M.Sc. but exceptional B.Sc. graduates will also be considered). An interest and knowledge in experimental condensed matter physics is essential and a background in this subject would be a great advantage.
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