Novel multifunctional materials, the exciting physics at thin film interfaces

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Recent advances in the growth techniques allow for the creation of thin films of novel multifunctional materials based on transition metal oxides, with atomic precision. This enables to combine effects such as magnetism or superconductivity with quantum confinement and offer therefore the opportunity to exceed the capabilities of semiconducting technology. Multiferroic materials combine electric polarization and magnetic order and allow for a switching between them. The potential for future technological applications in data storage or as novel sensors is tremendous. This project will focus on the investigation of these novel functionalities by optical spectroscopy and advanced neutron and synchrotron techniques.

We are searching for an outstanding and enthusiastic PhD candidate. The aim of the project is the study of novel multifunctional materials based on transition metal oxide heterostructures. Recent advances in growth methods such as Pulsed Laser Deposition enable layer-by-layer growth with atomic precision. The aim of this project is to combine complementary experimental methods, i.e. neutron scattering, advanced synchrotron techniques and optical spectroscopy, in order to gain a detailed insight into the magnetic and electronic properties. This will yield a deeper understanding of the underlying physics in order to help develop new materials for next generation IT technology. Facilities for the growth of thin film samples using PLD and single crystals are available at the UNSW. Experiments using optical spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy will be conducted in the groups of A/Prof. C. Ulrich and Prof. J. Seidel at the UNSW. Neutron scattering and X-ray synchrotron scattering experiments will be performed at ANSTO in Sydney and at the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne as well as at overseas research facilities. Therefore we are looking for a candidate with a strong background in condensed matter physics. The experience in one or more of the above mentioned techniques would be an advantage.

Supervisory team
Clemens
Ulrich

Science
Physics
Jan
Seidel

Science
Materials Science & Engineering
Dirk
Manske

Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany
Quantum Many-Body Theory
c.ulrich@unsw.edu.au