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Tuning correlated electron systems from magnetism to unconventional superconductivity

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD project in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics. In this project you will explore the rich temperature-pressure phase diagrams of strongly correlated electron systems. You will investigate ferromagnetic quantum critical regions, where the emergence of modulated magnetic order has been predicted. 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 exciting physics, we tune candidate materials with high-pressure equipment in the wide range between 0 and 200 kbar. At Royal Holloway there is considerable expertise in high pressure tuning of strongly correlated materials. Extensive equipment for measurements of thermodynamic and electrical and thermal transport properties down to low-temperatures is available. Recently, we have also developed an extreme-conditions susceptometer for measurements of magnetic properties. We have an established a collaboration with Diamond Light Source Ltd at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on the Harwell Campus. The Extreme Conditions Beamline I15 enables powder diffraction studies up to high pressures and down to low temperatures. We also perform neutron scattering experiments regularly. All this will allow you to collect comprehensive results during your PhD project by combining bulk measurements at Royal Holloway with scattering experiments at large facilities. The project is also supported by collaboration with the University of Cambridge and international collaborations with research groups in Europe and China.

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

The envisaged start date for this position is October 2016 at the latest. Funding will cover UK students' maintenance and fees, it will cover EU students’ fees only. 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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