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Quantum Plasmonics: Theory and Simulation on the Non-classical Behaviour of Nanoplasmonics

University of Birmingham - School of Physics and Astronomy

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Funding is awarded on a competitive basis
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 15th February 2019
Closes: 21st August 2019

When light illuminates nano-sized metallic structures, the free electrons in the metal collectively oscillate, creating `plasmons'. By specifically designing the geometry and arrangement of the nano-metallic structures, one can direct and concentrate light at small enough volumes (nano-scale), which can enclose even single molecules. While, in general, plasmons obey the classical Maxwell equations, at these small volumes this classical description fails and interesting quantum effects emerge that dominate and distort the plasmon. This is commonly referred to as the `non-locality' of plasmons.

This PhD project will focus on developing the necessary theoretical tools to model and understand the non-locality of plasmons, and eventually their interaction with molecules. The candidate will also work very closely with the experimental Nanophotonics group based at University of Cambridge.

The PhD candidate should have completed (or about to complete) his/her undergraduate degree in Physics (preferably with first class honours or equivalent). The PhD candidate is expected to have keen interest on Electromagnetism and Condensed Matter Theory, and exceptional mathematical and computational skills. Details of the project will be agreed with the successful candidate to tailor the research to his/her interests.

The project will take place in the Metamaterials Research Centre ( in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham.

In line with the Department’s Athena SWAN programme, we particularly welcome female applicants.

For details of the funding available, advice on making your application or any other informal enquiries, please contact Dr Angela Demetriadou at:

You can apply here: clearly stating the title of the project, the Metamaterials Research Centre and the name of the supervisor (Dr. Angela Demetriadou).

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