Topological phases of matter and their applications


Contact Dr Jiannis Pachos to discuss this project further informally

Project description

Topological phases of matter, apart from their theoretical interest, they promise to offer a new paradigm of behaviors that can revolutionize quantum technologies. Their intriguing characterization in terms of abstract topological quantities, such as the linking number, has a direct consequence on their thermal or charge conducting properties. Importantly, as the conductance is related to their topological nature it is robust against perturbations making it take extremely precise values. This is a very desirable characteristic as control and accurate manipulation of quantum systems is a difficult task that hinters their direct applications.

This project has two purposes. First, to employ our newly introduced diagnostic tool, the interaction distance in order to identify the properties of topological systems and improve their theoretical understanding. Second, to identify possible applications of topological systems towards quantum technologies.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with, or expecting, a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1) in a relevant discipline, a Master's degree in a relevant discipline, or both.

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 'Topological phases of matter and their applications' as well as Dr Jiannis Pachos as your proposed supervisor.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office

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.