Topological quantum systems: synthesis and applications

Supervisor(s)

Contact Professor Jiannis K. Pachos to discuss this project further informally

Project description

Topological phases of matter (Nobel Prize in Physics, 2016) is one of the most exciting topics of modern physics. This area of research investigates the novel quantum properties of materials that are robust against deformations of their parameters. This robustness makes topological material of interest to quantum technologies that request fault-tolerance in order to be useful. The PhD project will aim to employ a variety of techniques and approaches from mathematics and theoretical physics (e.g. topology, quantum field theory, quantum gravity) in order to diagnose the exotic properties quantum matter can have.

A final goal is the application of these investigations to proposing topological quantum computation schemes that are robust against errors.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with, or expecting, a minimum of a UK first class honours degree (1st) in physics or a relevant science degree such as mathematics.

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

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 quantum systems: synthesis and applications' as well as Professor Jiannis K. Pachos as your proposed supervisor.

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