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Research topics and projects

This is a full list of the PhD research projects that supervisors have identified for potential students. Information on MSc by research projects can be found here. Self-funded students and students with external scholarships are welcome to apply for any research project: our funding page has full details on funding options for UK and international students. There are a limited number of PhD scholarships for outstanding UK students to work on any project identified on the full project list. International students can apply for support via the Chancellor's International Scholarships and other schemes.

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How semiconductor lasers fail - modelling defect effects

Supervisor: James Kermode in Engineering and Richard Beanland in Physics.

If a dislocation is present in a light emitting device, it causes failure by acting as a carrier recombination pathway and grows through the material by emitting atoms, eventually shutting of all luminescence. This is a long-standing and significant problem for industrial applications; however, despite the significant technological progress improved knowledge would generate, the atomistic mechanisms underlying recombination-enhanced dislocation climb and its interaction with vacancies and interstitials are poorly understood, with no first principles work reported to date. This PhD project will address this deficiency for the first time using simulation methods that combine quantum mechanical (QM) calculations with machine learning.

Start date: October 2021.

Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months).

Application deadline: ongoing

Wed 05 May 2021, 11:38 | Tags: Theoretical and computational (funded) PhD

Quantum-enhanced Interferometry for New Physics

Supervisor: Animesh Datta
logo3.gifGroup: Quantum Information Science
Project details: here
Start date: October 2021.

Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months).

Application deadline: ongoing

Centre for Doctoral Training in Modelling of Heterogeneous Systems

logo3.gifHetSys is an EPSRC-supported Centre for Doctoral Training. It recruits enthusiastic students from across the physical sciences who enjoy using their mathematical skills and thinking flexibly to solve complex problems. By developing these skills HetSys trains people to challenge current state-of-the-art in computational modelling of heterogeneous, ‘real world’ systems across a range of research themes such as nanoscale devices, new catalysts, superalloys, smart fluids, laser-plasma interactions etc. We plan to recruit up to 12 students to work on a range of exciting PhD projects starting in Oct.2021.

For more details please see the HetSys website. Please contact us at if you'd like to find out more.

Current projects with particular relevance to applicants interested in theoretical physics in combination with computational modelling:

Novel 'Twistronics' devices

How semiconductor lasers fail

Dislocation mobility and machine learning

Energy harvesting with thermoelectrics

Magnetic quasiparticles and storing information

Laser-driven fusion power

Noisy biochemical switches