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Uncovering and harnessing new electronic properties of silicon nanodevices by controlling both valley and spin

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 20, 2017
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

In addition to spin, electrons in silicon possess another degree-of-freedom due to the degeneracy of the conduction band valleys. This project aims to uncover and harness new electronic properties of silicon nanodevices by controlling both valley and spin.

Silicon lies at the very core of modern information and communication technology. This means that on one hand, the technology is highly developed and enables exquisite control over physics experiments at the nanoscale. On the other hand, new physical insights and device concepts can potentially have enormous impact through their applications in ubiquitous devices.

By using an out-of-plane electric field on silicon-on-insulator devices, we are able to control the size of the valley-splitting and valley-polarise electrons in the steady state [1]. The project aims to exploit this control in order to explore spin-valley physics of the two-dimensional electron system.

The project will form part of on-going international collaboration with scientists in France and Japan from both industry and academia. The student will belong to the Nanoscience group at Bath and enjoy being part of a vibrant research community with a breadth of opportunities.

Anticipated start date: 2 October 2017.

Funding Notes

Some Research Council funding is available on a competition basis to Home and EU students who have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the project. For more information on eligibility, see: View Website.

Funding will cover Home/EU tuition fees, a stipend (currently £14,296 per annum for 2016/17) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum for 3.5 years. Early application is strongly recommended.

Applicants classed as Overseas for tuition fee purposes are NOT eligible for funding; however, we welcome all-year-round applications from self-funded candidates and candidates who can source their own funding.

References

[1] Renard et al, Nature Communications 6, 7230 (2015)

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