Tailoring complex magnetic order at surfaces and interfaces
In this project we will explore the formation of complex magnetic order in arrays of atomic spins. We will perform analogue quantum simulations in ideal artificially constructed lattices. In this way, we will be able to tailor the interplay between various interactions, such as several exchange interactions and spin orbit coupling, allowing us to explore exotic quantum systems including the quantum Ising model and the Kitaev model. We will study the spin dynamics of such ensembles, and their response to GHz fields, and search for non-dissipative switching mechanisms in atomic-scale magnets.
The Otte Lab utilizes STM atom manipulation for bottom-up assembly of spin lattices. Among the group’s achievements are the ability to observe magnon dispersion in an atomic spin chain, as well as engineering an atomic realization of the XXZ Hamiltonian hosting a quantum phase transition. In 2016, the team also constructed an atomic scale 1kB storage device: the largest atomic assembly ever made.
Top education and research are at the heart of the oldest and largest technical university in the Netherlands. Our 8 faculties offer 16 bachelor’s and more than 30 master’s programmes. Our more than 25,000 students and 6,000 employees share a fascination for science, design and technology. Our common mission: impact for a better society.
After the completion of a Master’s degree at a renowned university, you can become a PhD candidate at the TU Delft. During a four-year PhD project, you will independently conduct in-depth research within a specific research area. At the end of this period you will write a dissertation on your research which you present and defend. After successfully defending your dissertation, you are promoted to doctor (Dr. or PhD).
Taking a doctoral degree at TU Delft means conducting research into socially relevant topics. Your ideas matter! You get a lot of freedom in an environment with great facilities. You visit international conferences and follow subject-related courses and training in the field of personal development. You will provide education, write articles for scientific journals and build an extensive scientific and social network. Depending on your doctoral research, you will work with an interdisciplinary team, industrial partners or public research institutes.