Fully Funded PhD Position in Condensed Matter Physics, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

In this project you will search for systems built of nonmagnetic elements in which strong spin fluctuations may lead to an itinerant spin-density-wave-type magnetic order at low temperatures.

The project will start with performing a series of density functional theory-based electronic band structure calculations aiming at choosing candidate compounds for experimental investigations. Attempts to synthesize crystals of such materials will be carried as the next step.

Structural and compositional characterization of grown phases will be carried by means of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy with energydispersive X-ray microanalysis and will be followed by physical properties measurements (ac magnetic susceptibility, dc magnetization, electrical resistivity and specific heat) at temperatures between 0.2 K and 400 K and in magnetic fields of up to 9 Tesla using a standard Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS, Quantum Design) and an Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerator system at Royal Holloway, University of London.

A possibility will be given of performing high pressure electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility measurements using piston cylinder cells and Bridgman-type high pressure cells. Where appropriate, additional experiments will be conducted using advanced user facilities in the UK such as Diamond Light Source and ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Leeds EPSRC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research Equipment Facility.

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  • Duration full-time 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Full-time
  • Project Type Predefined
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

Density functional theory-based electronic band structure calculations, synthesis of single crystals of new materials, their structural and compositional characterization by means of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis, physical properties measurements (ac magnetic susceptibility, dc magnetization, electrical resistivity and specific heat) at temperatures between 0.2 K and 400 K and in magnetic fields of up to 9 Tesla using a standard Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS, Quantum Design) and an Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerator system at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Academic Requirements

As a minimum requirement, applicants should have or expect to receive a UK 2:1 Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent qualification) in Physics, Chemistry or related subjects.

Tuition Fee

For applicants from UK and UE the studentships will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates plus an annual maintenance stipend of £14,057 per year

Applicants from outside European Union may apply but will be expected to pay the difference between the UK/EU and International fee rate.

Funding

The studentship is fully funded for UK and EU students.
Applicants from outside European Union may apply but will be expected to pay the difference between the UK/EU and International fee rate.

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