PhD candidate in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

University of Amsterdam
August 21 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Quantum Matter Amsterdam (QMA) cluster of the Institute of Physics (IoP) is looking for a highly-motivated student who wants to be the driving force behind a collaboration between the optical spectroscopy lab at the University of Amsterdam and the EUV targets group at the Advanced Research Centre for Nanolithography (ARCNL).

The optical spectroscopy lab, supervised by Dr. Erik van Heumen, is part of the QMA cluster and focusses on spectroscopy of topological and strongly correlated electron materials. The EUV targets group, supervised by Prof. Dr. Paul Planken, is part of ARCNL and focusses on the interaction between intense laser light and metals.

More information on our research can be found on the QMA or EUV targets webpages.

Project description

The project will focus on determining nanoscale resolved optical properties of metals, electronic devices and thin films using near-field optical techniques. You will take the lead in the further development of the near-field optics lab and will develop expertise in turning raw materials, single crystals grown in the QMA group, into field effect devices that can be used to tune their electronic properties. The aim of your work will be to uncover the dielectric and other physical properties of nanometre-sized metal particles for terahertz emission applications, and the impact of confined geometries on the electronic structure of topological and correlated materials. You will use this knowledge to develop new methods to enhance correlations or tune between topological phases of matter.

Relevant references:

  • Huth, F. et al. Nano-FTIR Absorption Spectroscopy of Molecular Fingerprints at 20 nm Spatial Resolution. Nano Letters 12, 3973 (2012)

  • McLeod, A.S., E. van Heumen et al. Nanotextured phase coexistence in the correlated insulator V2O3. Nature Phys. 13, 80 (2017)

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