Project description

The focus of the proposed research is to investigate coherent phonon and spin dynamics in  quantum materials driven by strong terahertz radiation. The response of different materials, in particular ferroelectrics and multiferroics, will be studied with ultrafast optical and x-ray probes at cryogenic temperatures. Linear and nonlinear terahertz spectroscopic studies will be also performed with table-top sources. 

At the Department of Physics, Stockholm University a new group that focuses on Ultrafast Dynamics in Condensed Matter has been recently created with grants from the Swedish Research Council, the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions, the European Research Council and Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation, which is supporting this position. Collaboration with leading national and international scientists has also been established to ensure the availability of state-of-the-art samples, as well as to complement the experimental activities with theoretical simulations. The goal of the broad research activities is to obtain a comprehensive understanding of ultrafast coherent phonon and spin dynamics at terahertz frequencies in quantum materials.

Main responsibilities

The successful candidate will join the ongoing experimental activities and is expected to lead the investigations using the table-top terahertz systems operating at the Department of Physics. Particular focus will be dedicated to the implementation of the cryogenic capabilities in the existing setup. The position will be placed at the Department of Physics but the candidate is also expected to travel to international free electron laser facilities to perform some of the experiments. In particular, collaborations with the European XFEL and the Linac Coherent Light Source at Stanford are expected to lead to experiments at these facilities.


Ref. No. SU FV-3722-18

Closing date: 27 November 2018

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