Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Nanoscience

This PhD offers research in nanoscience and nanotechnologies which is excelled by the experimentalists in the Quantum Technology Centre and theorists in the Centre for Nanoscale Dynamics at Lancaster. In experimental nanoscience we offer projects in quantum technologies and development; studies of superconductor and semiconductor qubits and quantum circuits; quantum metrology; development of quantum dot systems for quantum key distribution; studies of atomic 2-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. We study nanostructures at the record-breaking low temperatures, in a sub-mK range. In theoretical nanoscience, we offer projects in 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. We collaborate with world leading companies including Bruker, Fiat, and Oxford Instruments. The programme is supported by a selection of taught courses providing skills in modern research techniques, special scientific training and transferable skills courses.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class BSc or MPhys degree in physics, or its equivalent, in a relevant subject. Where English is not the native language/language of instruction: IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent qualification.

Assessment methods

Assessment is via original research and thesis.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 36 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lancaster University Lancaster LA1 4YW North West

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