Postgraduate Research Opportunity: Terahertz Frequency Studies of Condensed Matter Systems

University of Leeds

Funded PhD project: Worldwide (International, UK and EU)
Value: UK and EU applicants will be eligible for funding which covers the cost of fees and provides a maintenance grant paid at standard Research Council rates (£14,553 in session 2017/18). Funding duration is 3 years.

International applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees and £12,000 maintenance, and the opportunity to do paid tuition work of up to £3,000 per year.

Number of awards: 1
Deadline: 31/01/2018
Supervisors: Contact Professor Giles DaviesProfessor Edmund LinfieldDr Paul DeanDr Joshua FreemanDr Lianhe Li or Professor John Cunningham to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

Through the use of broadband terahertz spectroscopy, a wide range of organic and inorganic crystalline materials, and gases, have been shown to exhibit characteristic spectra and vibrational modes in the terahertz frequency range. Carrier scattering and dephasing events in many solid-state materials including bulk semiconductors, conducting polymers, organic crystals, and superconductors, occur on timescales of tens to hundreds of femtoseconds making terahertz frequency techniques ideal for studying carrier dynamics. This has allowed fundamental phenomena to be addressed.

This PhD project will explore the use of terahertz techniques to investigate the fundamental properties of materials of contemporary relevance including nanostructures, quantum-confined structures such as two- and one-dimensional electronic systems, quantum dot devices, intersubband semiconductor devices, topological insulator materials, and solid-state Rydberg systems.

For more information please visit the Terahertz electronics and photonics web page

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a first-class bachelor’s degree or equivalent (a GPA or average mark of at least 85% or the top 10% of graduates), and/or a Master's degree in a relevant engineering or science degree such as (but not limited to) electrical engineering, control engineering, applied mathematics and/or a relevant undergraduate degree with strong academic results.

Additional requirements:

 - Degree Certificates

 - Transcript(s) to date

 - CV including any publications

 - Two academic references

 The above information and documents are required before your application will be circulated.

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