Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) investigates and develops materials for a sustainable energy supply of the future. For this purpose, we operate the synchrotron facility BESSY II as well as several core labs for investigating materials. BESSY II attracts users from all over the world with its unique experimental facilities. With approx. 1,200 employees, HZB is today one of the largest non-university research centres in Berlin. More information: www.helmholtz-berlin.de
The Institute of Quantum Phenomena in Novel Materials undertakes world leading research in quantum and frustrated magnetism, multifunctional materials and superconductivity. As well as operating several X-ray instruments at the BESSY synchrotron, we also host the Core Laboratory for Quantum Materials which offers state-of-the-art materials synthesis and the full range of sample characterization facilities including X-ray Laue and powder diffraction, magnetization, specific heat and transport measurements. Neutron scattering experiments performed at external facilities are also a major activity and we interpret our data via extensive collaboration with our theoretical colleagues.
As a doctoral student in our team you will study quantum materials with particular emphasis on quantum and topological magnets. Recent research has brought to light exotic phases and excitations such as classical and quantum spin ice which host monopoles and new forms of topological orders such as spin liquids with spinon excitations. These phenomena will be investigated by identifying materials that exhibit these properties and using the experimental techniques of physical property measurement and neutron and x-ray scattering to study their behaviour.