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Frustrated kagome ferromagnet thin films

PGR-P-666

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Friday 17 April 2020
Project start date
Thursday 1 October 2020
Country eligibility
UK and EU
Funding
Competition funded
Source of funding
Research council
Supervisors
Professor Rik Drummond-Brydson and Professor Christopher Marrows
Schools
School of Chemical and Process Engineering, School of Physics and Astronomy
Research groups/institutes
Condensed Matter, Materials characterisation
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The layered kagome ferromagnet Fe3Sn2 has massive Dirac fermions and frustrated magnetism that shows skyrmions at room temperature. So far it has only been studied in bulk form, but thin films are required for spintronic devices. It has recently been shown that the related compound FeSn can be grown as an epitaxial thin film on (111) SrTiO3. Since both compounds have the same kagome places of Fe with a very close lattice constant, we expect that we could grow Fe3Sn2 on SrTiO3. In this project we will develop the means to grow thin films of Fe3Sn2 in the state-of-the-art Royce Institute multi-chamber deposition system at Leeds, characterise the films using world-leading electron microscopy in the Bragg Centre, and study their electron transport and magnetic properties.

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/physics-research-degrees/doc/apply">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is &ldquo;Frustrated kagome ferromagnet thin films&rdquo; as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/physics/staff/4116/professor-christopher-marrows">Prof. Christopher Marrows</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

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<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p><strong>UK/EU</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;Engineering &amp; Physical Sciences Research Council Studentship&nbsp;for 3.5 years. A full standard studentship consists of academic fees (&pound;4,600 in Session 2020/21), together with a maintenance grant (&pound;15,009 in Session 2019/20) paid at standard Research Council rates. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.&nbsp;&nbsp;Funding is awarded on a competitive basis.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

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