Computational Modelling of Quantum Structure Self-Assembly (physics)
A topical area in semiconductor physics is the creation of novel quantum structures consisting of just a few thousand atoms. Potential device applications include novel lasers, electron spin memory devices and quantum computing. This can be achieved by so-called self-assembly, from atomic beams of atoms incident on surfaces. These structures can take on exotic shapes in the form of dots, rings, multiple rings, and molecules. This theory project will model how specific quantum features, such as rings, form. This will involve a number of theoretical tools spanning several length scales including statistical mechanics, elasticity theory and numerical modelling. The goal will be to generate computational movies of quantum structure formation dynamics. The project will closely interface with surface electron microscopy studies at Cardiff.
This project is available to students applying for funded PhD studentships and may be altered or withdrawn.
Studentships will be awarded to successful applicants from all applications received. Applicants must satisfy RCUK residency rules for the full studentship.
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