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Research in the SMF Group

Research in the SMF group focuses on both fundamental and applied studies of materials over a wide range of length and time scales, from the nanoscale to the macroscale and from picoseconds fluctuations to quasi-static processes.

Our areas of study are broadly divided into surface phenomena (the Surface Physics part of the group) and dynamic material processes (the Fracture & Shock Physics part of the group). Throughout, we have a strong emphasis on continuing the Cavendish tradition of developing unique experimental techniques to carry out our research.

The current research areas that the group focuses on can be explored in greater detail in this section of the website.


Band structure diagram showing He reflectivity during scattering from a lithium fluoride surfaceSurface Physics

We carry out fundamental research into a wide range of surface structure and processes. We are one of the world's only surface science groups to specialise in the experimental technique of Helium Atom Scattering (HAS), which we complement with more traditional surface techniques. Some of our most exciting work also includes the development of several new forms of instrumentation.

Our current high-profile projects include using helium spin-echo to study dynamics on atomic length and timescales and the development of helium atom microscopy to provide an imaging technique with the uniquely delicate helium atom probe.


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PhD Project Available through CDT in Diamond Science and Technology

May 01, 2018

A fully funded PhD project to study the properties of Polycrystalline Diamond has recently become available through the CDT for Diamond Science and Technology. For more information contact Andrew Jardine <apj24>.

New Graduate Projects for 2017 Entry

Jan 24, 2017

New SMF group projects for PhD and MPhil research are now online.

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