PhD positions available

The 2018 recruitment round for PhD positions has started! PhD positions are available through a number of routes, including through the condensed matter CDT, the School of Physics and Astronomy, the International Max Planck Research School and through CSC scholarships (for applicants from China).
Our group works on development of cutting edge instrumentation for atomic scale studies of electronic structure, complex magnetic orders and unconventional superconductivity. The experiments are undertaken in ultra-low vibration labs, a facility which is unique in the UK.

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Learn more about our research

TOPNESlogoWe have recently launched a series of videos which explain our research. If you would like to learn more, please take a look at our YouTube channel. One of the videos is specifically about Scanning Tunneling Microscopy.

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Designer Quantum Materials on BBC

stoOur new center of designer quantum materials is featured on BBC today, see "Building the future one atom at a time" and in radio on “Good Morning Scotland”.

If you want to learn more about our research, you may want to take a look at our YouTube channel.

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Opening of new Center for Designer Quantum Materials

On Thursday, 8th of December, the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville, and the Principal of the University of St Andrews, Professor Sally Mapstone, opened a new center for Designer Quantum Materials. At the core of this facility is a reactive-oxide molecular beam epitaxy system, funded by the Engineering and Physics Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, EP/M023958/1).

Press coverage:

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Condensed Matter Retreat at the Burn

Just coming back from our condensed matter retreat at the Burn, where we spend three days filled with talks and discussions. group-photo

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DAAD RISE programme

We are participating in the DAAD RISE programme which offers undergraduate students from Germany an opportunity to go abroad to work on a small research project. Have a look at the web pages of DAAD for more information (in german).

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Installation of new MBE system

DCA have installed a dual-chamber MBE system for the growth of designer oxide heterostructures at the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of St Andrews. See below for a video of the assembly.

The MBE system will be coupled to existing state-of-the-art spectroscopic probes including low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy and angle-resolved photoemission. This EPSRC-funded strategic equipment (EP/M023958/1) will operate as a shared facility, which we aim to establish as a leading centre for the supply of custom oxide thin films within the UK.

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Ana Maldonado at Lindau Meeting

Ana Maldonado, former TOPNES PDRA at the University of St Andrews, attended the Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates. The Nobel Laureate Meeting is an opportunity for early career researchers to meet excellent scientists from Nobel Laureates to undergraduate students. To learn more about Ana and her visit of the Lindau Meeting, see the links below.

Women in research blog

Interview with Physics World

Panel discussion on how immigration shapes the scientific world

TV interview (in spanish):

¿Es necesario emigrar si quieres ser científico?

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How can we see individual atoms – 100 Second Science series

If you ever wondered how one can image individual atoms – see this video from the 100 Second Science series at physicsworld.com.stmvideo

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EQM2016 Conference

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From 8th to 10th of June 2016, we are organizing a conference on Engineering Quantum Matter in St Andrews. The aim of this workshop is to bring together theorists and experimentalists to discuss how engineered quantum states can be exploited and designed for future technologies. The workshop connects strongly to local research activities at the University of St Andrews and links into a major collaborative research programme on topological protection and non-equilibrium states in strongly correlated electron systems (TOPNES). We have been able to attract a number of outstanding speakers. As there is only a limited number of places available, secure yours early.

We are grateful for funding provided by the IMPP, ICAM-I2CAM and TOPNES/EPSRC.

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