Entanglement is one of the defining features of quantum theory and also one of the most puzzling. The results of measurements carried out on two objects are correlated even when the objects are separated by large distances (so even light would not be able to travel between the objects in time to transmit a signal). This correlation exists even when the measured properties themselves are entirely undetermined before the measurement. Although most experimental information about entanglement has been obtained using carefully-prepared states of individual particles, e.g. photons, we believe that the individual magnetic moments of atoms in quantum magnets are also naturally entangled. You will use analytical and computational techniques to predict experimental signatures of entanglement-related phenomena in such systems e.g. in neutron scattering. You will work as part of an international collaboration involving theorists and experimentalists, including the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory’s neutron scattering facility.

How to apply: follow the instructions at https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply/, making sure you select “PhD in Physics” as the course, “School of Physical Sciences” as the department and “Jorge Quintanilla” as the proposed supervisor.

This project is offered at present on a self-funded basis. Details of some scholarships you might be able to use to fund your studies can be found at https://www.kent.ac.uk/physical-sciences/prospective/pg-research/available-research-projects.html under “Self-funding sources”. Make sure you meet the eleigibility criteria. Also, you are strongly encouraged to carry out your own searches for funding e.g. if you are applying from outside the UK there may be local or national scholarship schemes you may be eligible for. Some useful information can be found here: https://www.findaphd.com/funding/guides/phd-funding-guide.aspx.