Dynamics of complex magnets – non-colinear and frustrated antiferromagnets


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.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office e: maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk