Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy PhD Studentship: Thin film deposition and patterning for information storage and processing (PhD Studentship)
Reference Number: R830
Key Studentship Information
Project Title: Thin film deposition and patterning for information storage and processing.
Project Description: Thin films, coatings and interfaces lay at the heart of most of the world's present device technologies. Magnetron sputtering, a key industrial process for depositing such films, is routinely and widely used for magnetic and semiconducting devices.
The School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University makes use of a wide variety of thin film deposition equipment and processes. Potential applications of this work could include both classical and quantum information processing and storage schemes.
The objective of this project is to push forward our understanding of the effect that thin films and interfaces have of such device technologies. Two key thin film themes being studied at Cardiff University are:
- Magnetic multilayers and thin films for next generation spintronics devices. Early metallic spintronics devices are used in a large fraction of digital data storage devices and resulted in the award of a recent Nobel Prize for Physics.
- Advanced dielectric materials for III-V quantum device field effect surface gates. The UK is a world leader in InSb two dimensional electron gas (2DEG) technologies and InSb is a candidate for demonstrating electron spin control in semiconductor nanostructures.
This award includes full UK/EU tuition fees plus a doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£13,590 p.a. for 2012/13, updated each year).
Applications are invited from students who wish to be funded for this project. Studentship funding will be allocated on a competitive basis from applications received for all available projects. Not all projects will be allocated studentship funding.
Number of Awards Available: 1
Academic Criteria: Applicants must have a first or upper-second-class honours degree in Physics, Astrophysics, Mathematics, Electronics or a related subject.
Residency: Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to all UK or EU students.
How to Apply
Applicants should submit a University application for a PhD in using the Online Application Service:
1. Select your school (Physics and Astronomy), Programme Name (PhD) and start date.
2. In the Research Proposal section, applicants should indicate the title of the project.
3. In the 'Funding' section, at the item: ‘I will be applying for a scholarship/grant’ applicants should state the name of the funding award.
Application Deadline: This project is open to applications - to be considered on a rolling basis