21/01/2021

Fully Funded PhD in Condensed Matter Physics at University of Kent for UK, EU and International Students

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Description

PhD Studentship:

 

We have available a three year EPSRC funded PhD studentship in

experimental condensed matter physics in the Physics of Quantum

Materials group at the University of Kent supervised by Dr. Emma Pugh.

The position is open to Home and Overseas (including EU) students.

 

Deadline: 22 January 2021, 12 noon GMT

Start date: September, 2021.

 

Funding Available:

 

The studentship covers full tuition fees and an annual maintenance

grant of £15,285 for 2020/21 (2021/22 rate to be announced) for three

years. The University of Kent will waive the tuition fee difference

between UK (home) and Overseas (including EU) students hence this is a

fully funded studentship for UK, EU and international students.

 

Duration:

3 years

 

Project Summary:

 

The study of the border of magnetism is of great interest due to the

possibility of unconventional superconductivity, non-Fermi liquid

behaviour and other exotic phenomena near quantum critical points. The

effects are both theoretically significant and of practical importance. A

number of materials will be studied using a variety of techniques such

as resistivity, ac-susceptibility and X-ray synchrotron and neutron

radiation methods at high pressures, low temperatures and high magnetic

fields in order to understand these ordered systems and to discover new

states not seen before. In addition the project will take advantage of

the developments enabled from the recent funding of an EPSRC New

Horizons grant which will create a new type of experimental probe for

magnetism in quantum matter.

 

See below for further details about the project.

 

Eligibility:

  • Applicants should have or expect to gain a good Honours degree

    (First or 2i), preferably a MPhys, MSci or a Master’s degree at Merit or

    Distinction or equivalent in a relevant subject.

  • Open to Home and Overseas (including EU) students.

Application Procedure:

 

Applications must be submitted online via the University of Kent postgraduate applications portal:

 

The course page and link to apply for a Physics PhD is:

 

https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/212/physics

 

On the application form under Research Proposal state: “PhD in

Physics. Experimental Condensed Matter Physics – Magnetism,

Superconductivity and Novel Quantum Phenomena, Supervisor: Dr. Emma

Pugh”.

 

Please note that you will be expected to provide personal details,

education and employment history and supporting documentation

(Curriculum Vitae, transcript of results, two academic references).

Interviews will be held for shortlisted applicants.

 

Additional Information:

 

If you would like any further information or have any queries about this position please contact:

 

Dr. Emma Pugh (E.Pugh@kent.ac.uk)

 

Further Project Details:

 

One of the biggest challenges in the study of condensed matter is to

describe systems in which the electrons interact strongly. In some

materials in which the electrons have strong interactions new quantum

ordered states can be produced which cannot be explained by the

traditional low temperature theories of matter. The study of the border

of magnetism is of great interest due to the possibility of

unconventional superconductivity, non-Fermi liquid behaviour and other

exotic phenomena near quantum critical points (QCP). The effects are

both theoretically significant and of practical importance e.g. the

strongly enhanced magnetoresistive and magneto-caloric effects which can

be observed are relevant to magnetic recording and magnetic

refrigeration respectively. Spin-triplet superconductivity is a rare

phenomenon but is important to the topological quantum computer

programme. The nature of these states is intrinsically linked to the

nature of the electronic and magnetic structure, however, the

inter-relationship is not yet fully understood. Hence we need detailed

information of the evolution of the magnetism in such materials. We

propose a series of experiments in which the magnetisation is supressed

with hydrostatic pressure to a QCP in order to understand these ordered

systems and to discover new states not seen before

 

Material properties are strongly modified by high pressure. Pressure

pushes the atoms closer together and in so doing can alter not only the

crystal structure, but also change electronic and magnetic properties as

pressure alters the electron density and orbital overlap. We can employ

pressure “quantum tuning” in which the pressure applied to samples can

be used to cleanly and precisely “push” materials into new states of

matter which cannot be readily observed at ambient conditions, or can

subtly change properties.

 

We will use a number of techniques during the project. These could

include resistivity, ac-susceptibility and X-ray and neutron facilities.

Importantly the project will take advantage of the developments enabled

from the award of an EPSRC New Horizons grant to Dr. Pugh at the

University of Kent which will create a new type of experimental probe

for magnetism in quantum matter which will enable us to simultaneously

create and measure new quantum states. This work will be undertaken in

collaboration with the University of Cambridge.

 

The Physics of Quantum Materials Group:

 

https://research.kent.ac.uk/pqm/

 

The student will be a member of the Physics of Quantum Materials

group. This group consists of 7 academics and senior research fellows

and a large number of graduate and undergraduate research students. The

group applies experimental, theoretical, and computational expertise to

discover and understand novel properties of quantum materials that

enable future quantum technologies. Areas of interest include

unconventional superconductors, topological insulators, mesoscopic

devices, low-dimensional systems, frustrated magnets, quantum Hall

systems and optical lattices. The main in-house experimental facility is

a unique double-stage adiabatic demagnetisation refrigerator (dADR)

which enables low noise resistivity and magnetic susceptibility

measurements in conditions of high pressure, low-temperature and high

magnetic fields. This is complemented with access to shared in-house

facilities such as diffractometers and a SQUID reaching magnetic fields

of 7T, as well as free access to a local computer cluster. Members of

the group have also gained considerable competitive access to central

X-ray and neutron facilities (e.g. ISIS, Diamond, ESRF) for their

research. Our group provides a supportive environment for all its

members, from under-graduate researchers all the way to faculty. We

provide an environment where education, training and career development

opportunities abound and help is always at hand.

 

SEPnet (South East Physics Network):

 

https://www.sepnet.ac.uk/study/

 

The University of Kent is a member of SEPnet which is a group of nine

universities in the South East. It brings together the research

strengths of the nine universities that make up the SEPnet to create the

largest physics post-graduate research training programme in England,

with opportunities for research, professional development and industry

placements for their postgraduate research (PhD) students.

 

 

 

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