PhD and Postgraduate Research

How to Apply

Funded and self-funded applications

To begin the process you will need to find a PhD Supervisor whose research interests align with your own. You will need to contact them to discuss your application.

Industry-funded applications

Launch your career in research and development with an industry-focused, three-year funded PhD for graduates with a background in scientific disciplines. Each PhD is tailored to both the subject and the requirements of a specific industry.

To submit an application, simply create an account on the My Applications website and then select ‘Create a new application’ from your homepage once you are logged-in.

Using your account on the My Applications website, you are able to submit applications for the programme(s) which you wish to study, upload supporting documentation and provide us with information about referees. You may apply for all our postgraduate programmes using this method.

Current Lancaster Students

If you are a current Lancaster student, or you have recently graduated from Lancaster, we can reduce the amount of information that you will need to provide as part of your application. You will need to provide only one reference and will not need to supply your Lancaster degree transcript. We will also pre-fill your personal details, ready for you to check.

If you use the My Applications website then you will be advised which documentation you need to upload or send to us. We can automatically contact your referees once you have submitted your application if you ask us to.

The supporting documentation screen will provide you with a list of required documents. These will usually include:

  • Degree certificates and transcripts of previous higher education (college/university) degrees or other courses that you have completed/for which you are currently studying.
    For transcripts in languages other than English, a certified English translation will be required.
  • A personal statement to help us understand why you wish to study your chosen degree.
  • You also need to complete a research proposal which should include the following:
    • the research area you are interested in
    • the research question(s) you are specifically interested in
    • who within Physics appears best qualified to supervise you
    • the methods you envisage using in your studies
    • plus any other information which may be relevant
  • Two references
  • If English is not your first language, we require copies of English language test results.

You can apply at any time of the year for PhD study, but we encourage you to start at one of the predefined start dates of October, January or April. In some circumstances, a July start date will be considered. An MSc by Research will usually start in October. If you wish to be considered for funding, are applying form overseas or require on-campus accommodation, we recommend you apply as early as possible.

Research Areas

Research projects leading to the award of a PhD are available in all areas of research spanned by our research groups.

These programmes of study allow you to focus on a specific area of physics under the supervision of academic staff with international reputations in their discipline, whilst taking lectures and undergoing appropriate skills and research training provided by the Department and Faculty.

Research with the Department of Physics is organised into four divisions, each with two or three more specialist research groups. The divisions and research groups are:

AstrophysicsParticle and Accelerator PhysicsExperimental Condensed MatterTheory
Observational Astrophysics Experimental Particle Physics Low Temperature Physics Condensed Matter Theory
Theoretical Particle Cosmology Accelerator Physics Quantum Nanotechnology Mathematical Physics
Space and Planetary Physics   Non-linear and Biomedical Physics Theory of Molecular-Scale Transport

Each research group is led by permanent academic staff whose research is supported by postdoctoral researchers and technical staff. During your PhD, you will become an integral part of these teams and will benefit from the intellectual environment provided by your research group and division. You will also be allocated a supervisory team who will support you through your studies.

PhD Supervisors

I am happy to supervise PhD projects on topics in space and planetary physics covering giant planet systems (Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, and their moons/rings), and also astrophysical magnetospheres such as those around Brown dwarfs and exoplanets. PhD projects can either be focused on data analysis, using data from deep space missions such as Cassini-Huygens and Juno, or on computational modelling, or a combination. I have a particular interest in data science applications in planetary science and can offer projects with a strong element data mining, machine learning, and Bayesian analysis.

View Chris's profile

Saturn’s auroral dynamics: http://www.physics.lancs.ac.uk/spears/pg_opps/projects.php

View Sarah's profile

1) Intriguingly, there may be low-mass (sub-eV) particles in our Universe that have so far escaped detection. Light shining through a wall (LSW) experiments are one technique for looking for particles such as the elusive axion (which is motivated by the solution to the 'strong CP problem'). PhD projects are available in the design, construction and analysis of data from innovative small-scale experiments searching for hidden-sector photons, axions and axion-like particles. 2) Very-intense sources of gamma-rays and positrons are required for a range of applications from the the highest energy particle colliders to low-energy spectroscopy. Sources of polarised positrons are particularly useful and my group has experience with the design of polarised positron sources based on helical undulator insertion devices perturbing high-energy electron beams. PhD projects are available designing and developing future sources and exploring the physics that they make possible. 3) In addition, projects are available simulating the beam dynamics of particles within the Fermilab Muon g-2 experiment which is searching for physics beyond the Standard Model by making a precise measurement of the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon.

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Measurement of branching fraction of the semileptonic top quark decay to tauon. The Standard Model assumes the lepton flavour universality (LFU). Within this assumption, weak interaction of all leptons is exactly the same. However, the recent measurements of decays of B hadrons demonstrate an intriguing hint of deviation from LFU. The goal of this research is to test LFU in the semileptonic decay of the heaviest top quark to tauon and to measure the corresponding branching fraction with high precision. The statistics are collected by ATLAS experiment at CERN and is already available.

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* First-principles studies of two-dimensional materials (graphene, silicene, boron nitride, ...)

* Development and application of quantum Monte Carlo methods.

View Neil's profile

ATLAS Higgs to tau tau
X to HH to bbtautau
Silicon pixel detectors for the ATLAS upgrade project

View Harald's profile

A Twisted Tail of the Earth’s Magnetosphere http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/physics/research/space-and-planetary-physics/#opportunities

View Adrian's profile

Please contact me if you are interested in a PhD in low temperature physics. We offer a range of projects including: experiments on superfluid helium-3 at world-record low temperatures close to absolute zero; fabricating and cooling nano-electronic and nano-electro-mechanical devices for fundamental science and new quantum technologies; development of new cooling techniques to push the boundaries of the lowest achievable temperatures.

View Richard's profile

An ultimate or ‘universal’ memory concept is one that combines the best features of DRAM and Flash, i.e. is non-volatile, low-voltage, non-destructively read, fast, cheap and high endurance. Implemented as RAM, such a memory would allow instantly on/off boot-free computers with unprecedented reductions in power consumption for mobile devices and computers. We have recently demonstrated room-temperature operation of non-volatile, low-voltage, compound-semiconductor memory cells with non-destructive read that have the potential to fulfil all the requirements of universal memory (patent pending). A project is currently available that will form part of this unique and exciting on-going research programme, with a particular focus on shrinking memory cells to the nanoscale. PhD projects in other topics related to the optical and transport properties of low-dimensional compound semiconductor physics and devices are also available.

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The following project (and others) are available (funding is allocated competitively against other projects in the department). A project is available on "The next generation of Dark Energy measurements with supernovae". In the late 1990s Type Ia supernovae were used as standard candles to discover that the rate of expansion of the universe is accelerating, leading to the idea that some mysterious "Dark Energy" is pushing the universe apart. Despite much better measurements nowadays, our lack of understanding of Dark Energy remains one of the most fundamental problems in Physics. Several projects are underway that aim to address this issue. The student will use a combination of archival data, new data from state-of-the art telescopes such as VLT, NTT and VISTA and simulated data to study statistical properties of supernovae as distance indicators. Based on these studies, he/she will help to optimise large surveys for cosmology that are planned with future telescopes and instruments, including LSST (the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope), ESA's Euclid mission and 4MOST (the 4meter Multi-Object Spectrograph Telescope).

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I have a 3 year funded PhD position starting in October 2018 to investigate 'Nanostructured molecular materials on surfaces'. The studentship is jointly supervised by Dr Benjamin Robinson (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/physics/about-us/people/benjamin-robinson) and funded through the Leverhulme Doctoral Training Centre in Material Social Futures. The successful PhD candidate will demonstrate an excellent academic record in physics, materials science or a related area, they will explore new methods for the scalable fabrication of ultrathin organic films with tailored quantum interference properties and tuneable electrode interactions. Traditionally, organic layers are formed from solution phase deposition via techniques such as molecular self-assembly or Langmuir-Blodgett deposition. Here you will use newly established UHV capabilities in Physics to explore sublimation deposition, the direct transition from a solid to gas phase without passing through the intermediate liquid phase, of a range of tailored organic materials. Broadly the PhD project will: •Develop new capability to deposit and subsequently couple multiple layers of organic and inorganic materials onto the surface of a range of metal and 2D material substrates. This approach to multi-layer asymmetric chemical assembly is highly novel. •The nanoscale properties of these films will be characterised in-situ in IsoLab using a suite of custom scanning probe microscopy systems to access nanoscale mechanical, electrical and topographical information with sub-molecular resolution. •Understand the detailed physics and chemistry of these materials with advanced simulation methods performed on Lancaster’s High End Computing (HEC) facility. Carried out concurrently to experiments, simulation will be used to drive and inform ongoing experiments. Please contact me directly (samuel.jarvis@lancaster.ac.uk) for any additional enquiries. --- Other competitively funded projects are available in the areas of: 1) Single molecule properties on surfaces. 2) Directed assembly of 2D molecular structures. 3) Scanning probe microscopy in ultra-low noise environments. 4) Computational simulation of molecular properties. 5) Synchrotron radiation studies of surface structure. Please contact me if you are interested in working on a PhD project. We are always happy to hear from enthusiastic students. Funding, where available, will be awarded on a competitive basis.

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New physics signatures via CP violation, B-physics, lifetimes, mixing - with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider. Searches for new long-lifetime particles such as proposed SUSY particles using techniques developed for B-physics. Storage, processing and analysis of very large datasets, with examples from particle physics (ATLAS) and possibly astrophysics (LSST)

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We are seeking PhD students to study quantum phenomena in superconducting and hybrid devices. Due to their unique properties, such devices allow the control at the level of single charge or flux quantum, single photon and single phonon, and are promising for applications in sensing, metrology and quantum information processing. Examples of research projects include, but are not limited to: 1. Charge pumping by nanoelectronic hybrid circuits 2. Detection of the quantum of mechanical motion by an artificial atom 3. Interaction of surface acoustic waves with a superconducting artificial atom 4. Probing quantum fluids with nanomechanical resonators The work is experimental and involves nanofabrication of superconducting and hybrid circuits in the Quantum Technology Centre's cleanroom and measurements at mK temperatures in a dilution refrigerator. We work in close collaboration with the ULT group. We also collaborate with theorists, both at Lancaster and abroad. You are expected to have a strong interest and preferably knowledge in some of the fields: - quantum physics, superconductivity and superfluidity, Josephson junction devices, Coulomb blockade, quantum optics and quantum information; - low-noise measurements and microwave engineering; - automation of the experiment, data acquisition using Python or MatLab; - cryogenic techniques.

View Sergey's profile

1) Subsurface nano-imaging via Ultrasonic/Heterodyne Force Microscopies
2) Quantum electromechanical systems (QEMS) based on 2D materials

View Oleg's profile

My students and I work on data analysis from the T2K long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment, as well as calibrating the detector to ensure that data quality remains high. Future physics projects could include using the T2K Near Detector (ND280) to perform a neutrino interaction cross section on lead. Neutrino interactions are often relatively poorly understood at present. This plays a significant role in our ability to reduce the systematic uncertainties in other neutrino measurements; for example, it limits our understanding of matter-antimatter asymmetry that may arise in neutrino oscillations. There also is a possibility to work on the SNO+ experiment, where I've been working on understanding the backgrounds to the neutrinoless double-beta decay signal. See the Experimental Particle Physics Group page for a list of current PhD projects: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/physics/research/particle-and-accelerator-physics/experimental-particle-physics/

View Laura's profile

Most projects give opportunities for students to visit the polar Arctic for experimental field work, usually the EISCAT radar facility (www.eiscat.se) in Norway. Opportunities may also exist to visit other facilities as well as the South African National Space Agency near Cape Town (where I am the chief scientist).

Fundamental wave-plasma interactions (artificial auroras)
Long-term climate change (atmospheric density trend)
Auroral physics (e.g. black auroras)
Meso-scale dynamics (auroras and thermospheric winds)
Mesospheric physics (dusty plasmas, ozone destruction, sprites)
Ionospheric composition
Radiation belt remediation (VLF cyclotron resonance)

View Michael's profile

Various projects in mid-infrared photonics, narrow gap antimonide-based semiconductors and nanostructures

View Anthony's profile

Please contact me if you are interested in a PhD in quantum electronic devices. My group webpage has details of available projects.

View Edward's profile

Projects are available in all topics listed under 'Research Interests'.

View Colin's profile

There are projects available in the theory and modelling of the electronic properties of graphene - see research interests for more information about active research topics. Please feel free to contact me at the above email address for further details.

View Edward's profile

Physics of biological ion channels

View Peter's profile

Ph.D. Projects:

Phase transitions during inflation and hemispherical asymmetry.

Sub-Planckian inflation models with large tensor-to-scalar ratio.

The dark matter-baryon asymmetry connection.

View John's profile

I am always looking for enthusiastic candidates for PhD project. A couple of ideas for projects I am planning to run in the next few years are at: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/physics/research/particle-and-accelerator-physics/experimental-particle-physics/#d.en.349067

View Jaroslaw's profile

I am always interested in discussing potential PhD projects with applicants. Please see our group webpage for the latest opportunities http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/physics/research/particle-and-accelerator-physics/experimental-particle-physics/

View Helen's profile

We are seeking PhD students to study quantum phenomena in superconducting and hybrid devices. Due to their unique properties, such devices allow the control at the level of single charge or flux quantum, single photon and single phonon, and are promising for applications in sensing, metrology and quantum information processing. Examples of research projects include, but are not limited to: 1. Charge pumping by nanoelectronic hybrid circuits 2. Detection of the quantum of mechanical motion by an artificial atom 3. Interaction of surface acoustic waves with a superconducting artificial atom 4. Probing quantum fluids with nanomechanical resonators The work is experimental and involves nanofabrication of superconducting and hybrid circuits in the Quantum Technology Centre’s cleanroom and measurements at mK temperatures in a dilution refrigerator. We work in close collaboration with the ULT group. We also collaborate with theorists, both at Lancaster and abroad. You are expected to have a strong interest and preferably knowledge in some of the fields: - quantum physics, superconductivity and superfluidity, Josephson junction devices, Coulomb blockade, quantum optics and quantum information; - low-noise measurements and microwave engineering; - automation of the experiment, data acquisition using Python or MatLab; - cryogenic techniques; - nanofabrication.

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Ultralow temperatures in nanoelectronic devices The ability to cool materials to millikelvin temperatures has been the foundation of many breakthroughs in condensed matter physics and nanotechnology. At this frontier, quantum behaviour can be studied by making devices smaller and colder, increasing coherence across the system. The goal of this project is to apply a new technique – on-chip demagnetisation refrigeration – to reach temperatures below 1 millikelvin in nanoelectronic structures. This will open a new temperature range for nanoscale physics. As experiments are pushed into the sub-millikelvin regime, it becomes increasingly difficult to measure and define the temperature of a material or device. The thermal coupling between various sub-systems in can be extremely small; for example, the electrons in the metal wires contacting an on-chip structure can be at a different temperature to the electrons in the chip, the phonons in the chip, and the apparatus that you are using to cool it. This situation calls for a variety of thermometry techniques, each suited to measuring the temperature of a different physical system. The thermometers must also have extremely low heat dissipation and excellent isolation from the room temperature environment. This project will include the development of new and existing thermometry techniques that are suitable for sub-millikelvin temperatures. Devices will be produced in the Lancaster Quantum Technology Centre cleanroom, and by our collaborators. Experiments will be conducted using the cutting-edge facilities of the Ultralow Temperature Physics group at Lancaster. 2D materials in low temperature, isolated environments Graphene and other 2D materials can be used to build coherent electronic devices such as Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs) and Quantum dots. These devices can be used as sensors with the ability to detect single quanta of charge and magnetic flux. In order to reach this limit, it is necessary to cool the devices into the millikelvin regime and to isolate them from unwanted external perturbations including varying magnetic fields, electric fields and mechanical vibration. In this project, the recently completed IsoLab facility at Lancaster will provide the “quiet” environment to study quantum devices made from 2D materials and to assess their performance as sensors. IsoLab is a new facility that provides three highly-isolated laboratories for testing the electrical, mechanical and optical properties of materials and devices. One of the three laboratories is equipped with a dilution refrigerator capable of cooling samples below 10 millikelvin. The refrigerator is housed in an electromagnetically shielded room and rests on a 50-tonne concrete block to provide vibration isolation. As well as studying new devices, this project will also include testing and development of the IsoLab environment. A student working on this project will learn how to design and fabricate nanoelectronic devices and study their electrical characteristics at low temperature. The student will join an ongoing collaboration between Lancaster and the National Graphene Institute in Manchester to study graphene/superconductor hybrid devices.

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PhD projects are available in various aspects of modelling magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere coupling and auroral physics at Jupiter, Saturn, and Earth.

View Licia's profile

I have a 3 year funded PhD position starting in October 2018 to investigate 'Nanostructured molecular materials on surfaces'. The studentship is jointly supervised by Dr Sam Jarvis (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/physics/about-us/people/samuel-jarvis) and funded through the Leverhulme Doctoral Training Centre in Material Social Futures. For more information please contact b.j.robinson@lancaster.ac.uk The successful PhD candidate will demonstrate an excellent academic record in physics, materials science or a related area, they will explore new methods for the scalable fabrication of ultrathin organic films with tailored quantum interference properties and tuneable electrode interactions. Traditionally, organic layers are formed from solution phase deposition via techniques such as molecular self-assembly or Langmuir-Blodgett deposition. Here you will use newly established UHV capabilities in Physics to explore sublimation deposition, the direct transition from a solid to gas phase without passing through the intermediate liquid phase, of a range of tailored organic materials. Broadly the PhD project will: •Develop new capability to deposit and subsequently couple multiple layers of organic and inorganic materials onto the surface of a range of metal and 2D material substrates. This approach to multi-layer asymmetric chemical assembly is highly novel. •The nanoscale properties of these films will be characterised in-situ in IsoLab using a suite of custom scanning probe microscopy systems to access nanoscale mechanical, electrical and topographical information with sub-molecular resolution. •Understand the detailed physics and chemistry of these materials with advanced simulation methods performed on Lancaster’s High End Computing (HEC) facility. Carried out concurrently to experiments, simulation will be used to drive and inform ongoing experiments. Additionally, I have projects available in experimental aspects of molecular electronics, thermal and electrical transport in 2D materials and their heterostructures, novel growth methods for 3D molecular architectures, and design, fabrication and characterisation of ultra-thin-film thermoelectric materials. Projects are offered on a competitive basis and are subject to availability of funding. Please get in contact for further information or discuss potential projects that are not listed above.

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PhD projects available in all listed research areas

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PhD research projects available:

Topological states of matter
Topological states in photonic systems
Many-body localization
Quantum optics of mesoscopic light emitters

View Henning's profile

- Exploring the end of the dark ages with the widest surveys: the physics of the first galaxies This project will explore state-of-the-art telescopes/instrumentation to peer back in time (to high redshift) and understand the nature and evolution of the first galaxies, stars and black holes, but also to study the Universe’s re-ionisation. Most studies still rely on narrow-field observations, resulting in sources simply too faint to be followed-up and in weak constraints on models. Another key difficulty is the interpretation of the strongest features in distant galaxies such as extremely strong, high ionisation, emission lines. The student will conduct and explore some of the largest Lyman-alpha surveys and contribute towards pushing them to the highest redshifts. This will include pioneering pilot surveys which have just been completed, and new observations already allocated to be conducted with e.g. ALMA, Keck, VLT, CFHT and WHT. The sources that will be discovered and studied will be some of the brightest galaxies into the epoch of re-ionisation, greatly contributing towards obtaining and studying the first statistical sample of extraordinary sources such as the CR7 galaxy (ESO’s top 10 all-time discoveries; http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1524/). The surveys which the student will work on target Lyman-alpha all the way from the peak of star formation to well into re-ionisation over unprecedented volumes, ~2 orders of magnitude larger than ever surveyed, yielding the exquisite samples we really need to study the evolution of stellar populations, the interstellar medium, gas and fully explore the capabilities of JWST, to be launched in 2018. While the project will be mostly observational, the student will also have the opportunity to conduct important modelling work (to fully interpret the observations) and to contribute towards providing stringent tests to state-of-the-art models of galaxy formation and evolution, of the first stars and black holes, and of re-ionisation itself.

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Environmental quenching of galaxies:
As the Universe ages, galaxies find themselves drawn together into filaments, groups and clusters. Galaxies entering these dense environments can experience processes which can ultimately lead to a dramatic change in their appearance and internal properties. This project will discover how galaxies are transformed (`quenched’) from blue star-forming spiral discs (like our own Milky Way) into passive red elliptical galaxies, through interactions with their environment. To achieve this we need to resolve and examine the influence of environment on the processes that take place within the galaxies themselves. This is done with Integral Field Units (IFUs), which can measure a spectrum at each spatial position of a galaxy, giving a 3-dimensional picture of its gas dynamics, star formation and chemical composition.

Galaxy clusters in the Big Data era with LSST:
Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound objects in the Universe, consisting of 10s to 1000s of galaxies within a relatively small volume. They are used extensively as laboratories for galaxy evolution, as they contain galaxies that have experienced a similar environment and processes over many billions of years. They are also key cosmological indicators with the evolution of the number of galaxy clusters of a given mass being very sensitive to the Dark Matter content of the Universe. Because of their importance for both astrophysics and cosmology it is desirable to obtain large, well understood samples of galaxy clusters over a range of redshifts. The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) survey (https://www.lsst.org/) is an imaging survey that will discover 10s of 1000s of new galaxy clusters, providing such a sample. It will image the entire Southern sky with an 8.4m telescope every few nights for 10 years, producing 200 petabytes of imaging data. This will be the state-of-the-art for optical surveys for many years to come.
This data science driven project aims to develop algorithms and machine learning code to identify large numbers of distant galaxy clusters within the LSST survey. The initial algorithms will be run on existing comparable, but smaller area surveys, and the early phase of LSST that will begin operation in 2019. The algorithms will be designed so that they can be scaled-up to deal efficiently with the full size of the main LSST survey.

View John's profile

Please contact me if you are interested in PhD in low temperature physics. PhD projects are available on experimental observations and computer simulations of quantum turbulence, probing of superfluid 3He and 4He using conventional and nano-electromechanical oscillators, cooling nano-electromechanical objects to low temperature.

View Viktor's profile

Subject to funding, I'm able to supervise PhD students who are interested in undertaking research in a range of topics, including: - experimental studies of solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling - the causes and impacts of space weather

View Jim's profile

We are seeking a PhD student for a project that combines cutting edge material science, quantum physics and information security, to drive a major evolution in physical security systems. Recently-discovered two-dimensional materials, with extraordinary physical properties extending well beyond those of graphene alone, will be the active component in the devices studied. They act as a near ideal interface between light and electronics, allowing information exchange between the two with unprecedented fidelity. The elegant access to quantum mechanics afforded by these devices will be applied to securing connections between the devices making up the Internet of Things, which are predicted to exceed 50 billion in just a few years. In this experimental project you will be trained to use state-of-the-art facilities in the Quantum Technology Centre at Lancaster to test develop quantum security devices using graphene-like materials incorporated into photonic devices. You will be taught to use nano-fabrication tools to prepare the devices for integration with embedded systems. Working with a GCHQ-backed centre of excellence in cyber security you will test the devices you create. The far-reaching goal of this project is for you to commercialise the technology through a spin-out company, Quantum Base, which focuses on quantum security systems. Please email me or see qopto.com/join/ for more details.

View Robert's profile

My research focuses on semiconductor nanostructures and physics including MBE growth, semiconductor characterization and devices containing nanostructures

View Qiandong's profile

“Supercritical supercurrents in superfluid 3He” We will study a newly discovered phenomenon – existence of superfluidity at fluid velocities by far exceeding the critical value. We will work at the limit of what is technically possible in the field of low temperature physics, in the microkelvin region. At these temperatures, superfluid 3He is in deep quantum regime with only few normal excitations, which enables us to study its properties emerging far from its thermal equilibrium. One of them is an ability to extend the superfluidity region to velocities far beyond the Landau critical value. Being a topological superfluid, 3He supports fermionic surface excitations with Majorana-like spectrum. We will develop tools to study dynamics of these exotic quasiparticles and look into other possible far-from-equilibrium phenomena that can be enabled and probed with our extensive ultralow-temperature toolset. By joining this project you will design, build and run demanding experiments. You will become a part of the Lancaster Ultralow Temperature Group led by 6 research-active academics working at the frontiers of experimental Low Temperature Physics. The group is world leading in the field and has an excellent record of high-rank publications and of securing research funding at national and international level. http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/physics/research/experimental-condensed-matter/low-temperature-physics/

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PhD in Nanoscience

Access training by research in several niche areas of Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies excelled by the experimentalists in the Quantum Technology Centre and theorists in the Condensed Matter Theory group at Lancaster.

Experimental nanoscience projects

  • quantum technologies and development and studies of superconductor and semiconductor qubits and quantum circuits
  • quantum metrology
  • development quantum dot systems for quantum key distribution
  • studies of atomic two-dimensional materials including graphene, boron nitride, hexagonal metal chalcogenides and their heterostructures
  • development and applications of new scanning mechanical and thermal microscopy techniques
  • development of novel nanostructured materials for telecommunications and for energy applications

Using Lancaster’s world-leading expertise in cryogenics, we study nanostructures at the record-breaking low temperatures, in a sub-mK range.

Theoretical nanoscience projects

  • quantum transport and quantum Hall effect
  • mesoscopics and fundamentals of nanoelectronics
  • single-molecule electronics
  • quantum optics
  • quantum information processing

We develop theories of new atomic two-dimensional materials using the first principles density functional theory, quantum Monte Carlo modelling, and phenomenological theories. We develop theories of dynamics and kinetics in quantum systems in strongly non-equilibrium conditions using field theory methods. On the side of applied nanoscience, we model devices for electronics and optoelectronic applications.

Our doctoral students get access to the high-end research facilities in Physics: brand new nanofabrication facilities, MBE growth equipment, optical and electronic characterisation instruments, unique ultra-low temperature infrastructure and high-performance computational facilities. Many of our projects are run in collaboration with world-leading innovation companies including Bruker, Fiat, Oxford Instruments, etc. Research projects on two-dimensional materials are embedded into a wider scope of the European Graphene Flagship project and assume collaboration with numerous research groups in Europe. The programme is supported by a selection of taught courses providing skills in modern research techniques, special scientific training and transferable skills courses.