Condensed Matter Physics

This folder contains the Condensed Matter Physics group web pages

The CMP Group

The Condensed Matter Physics group at Leicester study the behaviour of complex materials at the nano-scale.

Research Topics

Experimental facilities

  • three molecular beam apparatus for the generation and surface deposition of atomic clusters
  • liquid microjet for atomic deposition onto liquids in vacuum
  • high-pressure cell for spectroscopy and mobility measurements under cryogenic conditions (close-cycle cryostat kindly provided by Space Research Centre)
  • UV/Vis
  • FTIR (transmission and ATR)
  • Dynamic LIght Scattering
  • BOC Edwards thin film coater
  • UHV surface analysis (LEED, XPS, UPS, TPD), under construction
  • UHV AFM/STM

Computational facilities

  • Unlimited access to the ALICE high performance computing facility

PhD Opportunities

Studentships are available for graduates with good honours degrees.

They offer the chance to join an active research team engaged in the study of novel systems which exhibit new fundamental physics and have technologically important properties. Our research programme involves collaborations with research groups world-wide and we use central facilities in the UK and abroad.

Completed PhDs in CMP

A list of students, research projects and supervisors.
Name (year) Ph.D Thesis Supervisor
Fred Tilley (2016) Theory of Isolated Dopants in GaAs (110) Surfaces Dr M Roy
Mustafa Kurt (2016)
Dr Steve Baker
Mumin Koc (2016) Non Contact Atomic Force Microscopy Investigation of Silicon Nanoparticles Deposited on HOPG
Dr K von Haeften
Hanieh Yanzdanfar (2016) Synthesis and Characterisation of Stable Fluorescent Silicon Nanoclusters Produced Using the Liquid Jet Method Dr K von Haeften
Luis G Mendoza Luna (2015) Free and hindered-rotation of helium excimers in liquid helium via a bulk experiment Dr K von Haeften
Gediminas Galinis
(2015)
Ultrafast Laser Studies of Molecules in Helium Clusters Dr K von Haeften
Atea Akraiam
(2015)
Metal Cluster Production by Condensation of Metal Vapour in Supersonic Expansions and by Aggregation in Droplets

Dr K von Haeften
Muhammad T Qureshi
(2012)
Nanostructured magnetic films produced by magnetic nanoparticles Professor C Binns
Stephen Rhead
(2011)
An X-ray bicrystal truncation rod study of a Si Sigma13 symmetric tilt grain boundary and design and commissioning of a holography endstation at beamline I06 Dr P Howes
Richard Williams
(2007)
X-ray scattering studies on self-assembled alloy structures Dr CL Nicklin
Gail Iles
(2007)
Magnetism of Iron Nanoparticles in Rare Earth Matrices Professor C Binns
Jonathan Rawle
(2005)
X-ray Scattering from InAs Quantum Dots Dr P Howes
Sharon Louch
(2005)
Magnetism of Fe and Co Nanostructured Materials Professor C Binns
Darren Chaney
(2004)
Relaxation Processes in Semiconductor Quantum Dots Dr PA Maksym
Mark Everard
(2004)
X-ray Scattering Studies of Self-Assembled Nanostructures Dr CL Nicklin
Simon Alcock
(2003)
The atomic structure of fluoride superlattices and antimonide surfaces Professor C Norris
Matt Maher
(2002)
Magnetism and Magnetotransport in Fe and Co Nanocluster assemblies Professor C Binns
Nicola Farley
(2001)
Structural Studies of Electroactive Transition Metal Oxide Films Dr SJ Gurman / Professor R Hillman
Christopher Walker
(2001)
X-ray Diffraction of Some Technologically Important Surfaces Professor C Norris
Marie L Bassford
(2001)
Modelling the Molecular Structure of Muscle with Comparison to X-ray Diffraction Data Dr A Svensson
Kevin Edmonds
(2000)
In-situ Magnetic Dichroism Studies of Supported Fe Nanoparticles Dr C Binns
Gary Mallon
(2000)
The Electronic and Optical Properties of Magnetic Quantum Dots Dr PA Maksym
Mervyn Roy
(1999)
Many Electron Effects in EXAFS Dr SJ Gurman
Michael Kay
(1998)
The Modelling of Hydrogen in Amorphous and Glassy Semiconductors Professor EA Davis
Nigel Jones
(1998)
The Atomic Structure of the Indium Antimonide (001) Surface Professor C Norris
Martin Durell
(1998)
Dynamics and Structure of Molten Salt Mixtures Dr A Howe
Paul Steadman
(1997)
Ordering and Intermixing at Metallic Interfaces Professor C Norris
Catherine Miles
(1997)
Macromolecular Modelling of Muscle Structure: A Comparison with X-ray Diffraction Results Dr A Svensson
Frank Hart
(1997)
A New Multiple Scattering Technique for X-ray Photoelectron Diffraction Professor JL Beeby
Jun Mao
(1997)
Heteroepitaxial growth on Silicon Surface - A Monte Carlo Study Dr PA Maksym / Professor JL Beeby
Anthony Keen
(1996)
Nanoscale Manganese Structures on Graphite Studied Using Synchrotron Radiation Dr C Binns
Stuart Mozley
(1996)
A Synchrotron Radiation Study of the Epitaxial Growth of Rare Earth Metal Overlayers and Their Magnetic Properties Professor C Norris / Dr C Binns
Jaeho Choi
(1996)
Structure and properties of amorphous GexSe1-x and related alloys Professor EA Davis
Ben Williams
(1996)
Structural Studies of Amorphous Metal-Metalloid Thin Films Dr SJ Gurman
Sean Pearson
(1995)
Quantum Dot Studies with Path Integral Monte Carlo Dr PA Maksym
Abdulkadir Yildiz
(1995)
A new Technique to Calculate the Electronic Structure of Disordered and Quasicrystal Systems in Two-Dimensions Professor JL Beeby
Mark James
(1995)
The Epitaxial Growth and Structure of Metal Overlayers of Oriented Substrates studied by Surface X-ray Diffraction Professor C Norris
Nese Elgun
(1994)
Structure and Electronic Properties of Sputtered Amorphous GaP Films Professor EA Davis
Yaspal Badyal
(1994)
The Structure of Binary Molten Salt Mixtures : a Neutron Diffraction study Dr A Howe
Paul Howes
(1993)
The Formation of Gold:Semicondutor Interfaces Determined by Surface X-ray Diffraction Professor C Norris
Rasool Asal
(1993)
The Metal-Insulator Transition in the Amorphous Silicon-Nickel System Professor EA Davis
Chris Nicklin
(1993)
Electronic and Structural Properties of Ultra-thin Rare Earth Overlayers Professor C Norris / Dr C Binns
Mark Finney
(1992)
The Growth and Atomic Structure of the Silicon(111)- Indium Interface Determined by Surface X-ray Diffraction Professor C Norris

CMP seminars

The seminars are informal talks, from colleagues, collaborators or invited researchers from around the UK and the rest of the world.

Each talk typically lasts an hour. If a talk sounds interesting then please come along!

Date Speaker Title Venue/Time
28 Jan 2015
Mike McNally
CMP

Production of nanoparticles by vacuum deposition on a liquid jet

O 14:00

04 Jan 2015
Mumin Koc
CMP
Dynamics of silicon clusters on HOPG surfaces
O 14:00
11 Feb 2015
Nagham Shiltag
CMP
Transition form free to hindered molecular rotation in bulk liquid helium
O 14:00
25 Feb 2015 Andrei Golov,
University of Manchester
Turbulence in superfluid 4He in the T=0 limit

14:00

11 Mar 2015

Hanieh Yazdanfar 14:00

18 Mar

2015

Mustafa Kurt
CMP
14:00
05 June
2015
Josh Szekely,
Northwestern University
Alignment-Assisted Optical Trapping of Molecules 11:00
11 Sept
2015
Jean-Claude G. Bünzli, EPFL
Bright Aspects of Lanthanide Luminescence
2 March 2016 Andrei Kanaev, University of Paris
Elaboration of functional nanoparticulate oxides O 14:00

Previous CMP seminars in 2008 - 2012

How to find us

The CMP seminars take place in the main building of the Department of Physics and Astronomy situated on the campus of the University of Leicester. The organiser's (Dr Klaus von Haeften) office is on the 2nd floor in the same building (Room S 5).

Department of Physics & Astro, ground floor planDepartment of Physics & Astro, 1st floor plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Leicester train station the campus is only 15 minutes on foot and 5 minutes by car. Taxis are available at the main entrance of the train station at all times.

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Previous CMP seminars

The seminars are informal talks, from colleagues, collaborators or invited researchers from around the UK and the rest of the world.

Each talk typically lasts an hour. If a talk sounds interesting then please come along!

Date Speaker Title Venue/Time
05 Nov 2008 Tim Laarmann
DESY, Hamburg
High Harmonic Laser Seeding at sFLASH: Challenges and Opportunities for X-ray Femtochemistry Room F11
2.30pm
12 Nov 2008 Mats Persson
University of Liverpool
Vibronic broadening, charge multi-stability and chemical bond formation on insulating films Room E
2.30pm
26 Nov 2008 Philip Moriarty
University of Nottingham
Patterns and Pathways in Self-Organised Nanoparticle Assemblies Room F11
2.30pm
03 Dec 2008 Francesca Baletto 
Kings College London
Modelling nano-particles: from energetics to kinetics Room F11
2.30pm
11 Feb 2009 Eleanor Campbell
Edinburgh University
Carbon Nanotubes: Nanoelectromechanical devices and the prospects for truly controlled growth
Room F11
2.30pm
23 April 2009 Eric Suraud
Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse
Metal clusters deposited on surfaces: dynamics of deposit and substrate excitation
Room F11
2.30pm
8 June 2009 Brendon Lovett
University of Oxford, St Anne's College
Optical control of quantum coherence in condensed matter systems
Room F11
3.00pm
10 July 2009 Marius Lewerenz
Université Paris Est (Marne-la-Valleé)
Stability, structure and dynamics of doped helium clusters from accurate quantum simulations
Room F11
2.30pm
07 Oct 2009
Ziyou Li
University of Birmingham
Size-selected clusters as gold standard
Room N
11:45
4 Nov 2009
Roland Kroeger
University of York
Nanoparticles and their interfaces with substrates - towards a quantification on the atomic scale
Room F10
14:30
11 Nov
2009
Stuart Mackenzie,
University of Oxford
Chemistry of (and on) small transtion metal clusters: The role of
geometrical structure
Room F10
14:30
18 Nov
2009
Daniel Brandt
Space Research Centre, Leicester
Thermodynamics of magnetized superconducting films
Room F10
14:30
13 Oct 2010
Nguyen TK Thanh
The Royal Institution of Great Britain
Synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications
Room B5
14:30
27 Oct 2010
Claire Vallance
University of Oxford
Imaging molecular orbital polarisation in molecular photodissociation
Lecture theatre B
14:30
4 May 2011

David Lewis Flinders University
Non-silicon polymers in photovoltaics
Lecture theatre C (George Porter) 13:00
25 May 2011
Mark Buitelaar University of Cambridge

Spin blockade and Kondo physics in carbon nanotube quantum dots

Lecture theatre B
14:00
16 May 2012

Renal Schaub University of St Andrews
From Graphene to molecular switches
Meetings room (F10) 14:00
1 Dec 2012 David Bruschi
University of Nottingham
Cavity motion affects entanglement
P/ 13:30
30 Jan 2013 Paolo Milani
University of Milan
Supersonic cluster beams: an enabling tool for the integration of nano and microtechnologies F11/ 11:00
4 Feb 2013 Bayram Unal Bidirectional Interfacing between neurons and electronics: Biocompatibility of Porous Si Formation for Culturing Neurons F11/ 13:30

How to find us

The CMP seminars take place in the main building of the Department of Physics and Astronomy situated on the campus of the University of Leicester. Access plans can be found below and here:http://www.le.ac.uk/portals/maps/mcampusaccess.html

Department of Physics & Astro, ground floor planDepartment of Physics & Astro, 1st floor plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


From Leicester train station the campus is only 15 min on foot and 5 minutes by car. Taxis are available at the main entrance of the train station at all times.

how to reach the Physics Department, google map

 

 

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