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Laboratory: NMR laboratory for solid state NMR, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Thesis supervisor: asst. prof. Mihael S. GRBIC
Co-supervisor: Dr. Mladen HORVATIC (LNCMI, Grenoble, France)
Title: Investigating Kondo breakdown scenario in heavy fermion compounds by NMR
We are looking for a motivated student with M.Sc. (Master’s degree or equivalent) from the field of experimental solid-state physics to apply to for a PhD position of the Unity Through Knowledge Fund (UKF) open in the Laboratory for solid state NMR, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. The area of research is NMR in heavy fermion compounds.
The first ever pressure-dependence study has started at the Department of Physics. One of our project goals was to initiate the pressure research at the faculty, and we are happy to report that the first pressure mounting has been successful.
In the image to the left one can see two signals - an NQR signal of Cu2O powder measured at ambient pressure and at 8.15 kbar. The position of the line moves due to a change in ionic interaction of copper and surrounding oxygen, when the crystal cell is under stress.
Pressure is increased via hydrostatic compression, and the plan is to reach 26 kbar this summer.
To our great joy, the era of pressure research has begun at the Faculty of Science.
We thank our colleague P. Popčević from the Institute of Physics who helped us in preparation of this experiment.
Starting May 2nd 2016., the NMR group has gained another member of the team - Mr. Petar Kolar, master engineer of information and communication technology and a PhD student at the Faculty of electrical engineering and computing. Mr. Kolar has been emplyed by Quantum CorES project and he will help us further optimise the NMR setup.
We wish him many success in future work!
On March 31st there will be a lecture at FER titled "Kvantni prijelazi – temelj materijala za inženjerske tehnologije budućnosti". The lecture will present the Quantum CorES project and promote several possible collaboration topics between FER and Faculty of Science.
On Friday 29th of January, Quantum CorES team had a Skype-conference for the kick-off of the project. All partners participated the discussion. The team has overviewed the current status of the project, the project flow for the first year, discussed possible issues and proposed the dynamics of the future updates of the project status.
Two short-seminars will be organized, one at the Department of Physics and one at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, to present the project and attract candidates for PhD positions.
UKF has published the results of the Crossing Borders Grants. Out of 56 applications, only 9 has received funding and our project is one of them!
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Two PhD positions are open - contact M. Grbić for more information.