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Frustration, or the inability to satisfy all interactions, is a crucial concept in topics and phenomena ranging from nuclear spaghetti in the interior of stars and protein folding in life science to understanding the structure of common water ice. This project focuses on magnetic frustration, a field rich in exotic phenomena such as magnetic monopole excitations, hidden order and residual ground state entropy. In particular, the goal is to investigate the effects of applying high pressure to magnetically frustrated material such as the spin ices and the garnets and investigate how the pressure affects the exchange interactions and ordering tendencies at low temperature.
A new neutrons source, the European Spallation Source is being constructed in Lund. Neutrons are the natural tool to investigate magnetic correlations. This project, funded by NordForsk grant “Magnetic Frustration Under Pressure”, aims to build up the Nordic neutron competence ahead of the ESS. Three graduate students will be hired within the project, and they will be situated at Copenhagen University, Oslo University and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. The responsibility of the student hired at the University of Oslo will be sample growth and characterization, while a second student hired at the University of Copenhagen will focus on neutron measurements. This add concerns a third student to be hired at KTH, whose field of responsibility will be modeling, simulation and analysis of the neutron structure factor, primarily using statistical Monte Carlo and spin wave methods.
The employment is primarily for four years, with a maximum of five years and up to 20 percent department duties included in the employment.
A suitable background for this position would be a Master of Science in Physics or Engineering Physics with a specialization in condensed matter physics. Good knowledge of statistical physics is important, and exposure to basic many-body theory could be helpful. Experience with scientific programming is very desirable. Neutron experience is a clear advantage, but not a prerequisite. In addition to the traditional academic merits, a relevant degree project and international experience are regarded as advantageous qualifications.
Applicants must be strongly motivated for doctoral studies, possess the ability to perform critical analysis, and work independently, as well as part of a highly interacting international collaboration.
Mark Pearce (Head of Department) and Patrik Henelius (Professor)
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