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PhD Studentship: Dynamics of complex magnets - non-colinear and frustrated antiferromagnets

University of Leeds - Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Leeds
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £14,777 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 12th April 2019
Closes: 31st July 2019
  • UK/EU/International: Worldwide (International, UK and EU)
  • Value: Royal Society funding covers the cost of fees up to £4,260 and provides maintenance matching the Research Council UK rate (£14,777 for 2018/19). Funding duration is 4 years. UK/EU and international applicants are welcome (though please be aware that the university fee rate for international PhD students is above the rate covered by the funding and the shortfall must be funded by the student).
  • Number of awards: 1
  • Deadline: 31 July 2019
  • Key benefits: Additional funding for international travel to summer schools, conferences and research visits is included.

Contact Dr Joseph Barker to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

Historically, antiferromagnets have been difficult to study and utilise as they do not couple strongly to external fields. Recent scientific advances have found new ways to directly control them, giving rise to the new field of antiferromagnetic spintronics. It is showing promise for next generation technologies to compliment or replace electronics. Even at this early stage, room-temperature prototype memory devices have been demonstrated. Interesting spin transport phenomenon have also been predicted, such as spin superfluidity.

In this PhD project we will focus on non-colinear and frustrated antiferromagnets, for example those with a triangular spin configuration. The work will involve creating and studying computational models of realistic materials on an atomic scale to better understand the dynamics and transport behaviour of magnons within these antiferromagnets. This PhD project benefits from generous international travel funding for summer schools, conferences and research visits.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in physics (or equivalent qualifications). Reference and academic transcript will be required.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is 'Dynamics of complex magnets – non-colinear and frustrated antiferromagnets' as well as Dr Joseph Barker as your proposed supervisor.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English Language requirements.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

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