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Visualising thermal and spin currents at the nanoscale


   Department of Physics

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About the Project

Loughborough University has seen 94% of our research impact rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, underlining the wide-ranging positive impacts that our research has on the world (REF, 2021).

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. Find out more.

Start date:

October 2022

Full-time/part-time availability:

Full-time (3 years)

Project detail:

The big data/AI revolution and the climate crisis is pushing modern nanoelectronics to design novel device architectures which harness quantum mechanical phenomena. Such devices based on quantum materials have the potential to bring exciting new physics to the forefront of green computing and Low Loss Electronics (LLE). A more radical approach is to reuse waste heat generated by other computing tasks to read and write data on hard disk drives. Such a feat cannot be achieved without complete control (understanding) of heat flow and its interaction with other degrees of freedom. Unfortunately, we do not fully understand nanoscale heat transport through materials or its subsequent manipulation by spin currents at the nanoscale.

The overarching goal of the PhD is to develop the understanding and metrology for thermal generation, transport and control of heat and spin currents in quantum devices. The doctoral researcher will be based out of Loughborough University for most of the studentship, with time allocated to perform scanning probe measurements and metrology within the Quantum Technologies Department at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).

Using state-of-the-art deposition and fabrication techniques at Loughborough and imaging techniques at NPL, you will develop a standard protocol for imaging and mapping the thermal and magnetic landscape in technologically relevant quantum devices. The main results will help establish a standard metrology protocol that will be applied to other systems.

Regardless of your background, we provide close supervision and monitoring of progress to ensure success in the project. We achieve this by offering you scientific training in an exciting area of research, professional training on vital transferrable skills, and the possibility to attend scientific meetings and networking activities.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have or expect to achieve a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in physics, electrical engineering, or a related subject. A relevant master's degree will be an advantage but is not necessary if a student has eight semesters of study with suitable grades.

The ideal student will be practically-minded, a fast learner, self-motivated, and should be comfortable working with deadlines and as part of a team. This is an interdisciplinary area of work and we welcome interest from applicants with various backgrounds.

English language requirements:

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website (http://www.lboro.ac.uk/international/applicants/english/).

How to apply:

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select ‘Physics’. Please quote reference number: FD/PH/2022. To avoid delays in processing your application please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.


Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend (salary) of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate.  International (including EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the international tuition fee only.
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