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Jeremiah Horrocks Institute
for Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy,
University of Central Lancashire,
Preston,
PR1 2HE
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Tel 01772 893312
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Physics

Condensed Matter Physics

Excepting astrophysics and related disciplines, physics research at the JHI primarily engages with condensed matter physics. Condensed matter physics is the study of condensed phases of matter - i.e., those phases which are solid or liquid. One way that topics are traditionally split is into ‘hard’ condensed matter physics - the study of quantum properties of matter - and ‘soft’ condensed matter physics - the study of properties of matter for which quantum mechanics does not play a role.

As it covers the entire tangible universe, condensed matter physics is one of the largest and most active research areas. At UCLan we have several distinct research groups within condensed matter physics focusing on different aspects of this wide discipline.

Materials Science

Over the past few years, manufacturers have stopped making high-tech items such as phones from plastic and instead started using materials such as glass and metal and even sapphire. These materials have become available for use because of improvements in the processes by which they are made. These materials are better than plastics in their feel, strength and transparency, but there are many more properties of materials we can in principle optimise: their solar power generation, their thermal and electrical conductivity, superconductivity and magnetic behaviour are just some examples. At UCLan, we are pioneering the idea of designing materials to have specific properties inside a computer and then going out and making them in the lab to test in the real world.

Location and Facilities

  • MAM-1 Arc Melter with high-vacuum system - MB325
  • setup for crystal growth using flux method – MB325
  • double workstation 4-port glovebox with T-antechamber and integrated freezer from MBRAUN - JBF303
  • Omicron RT-STM1 with RHK R9 control system - MB28
  • Omicron low-energy electron diffraction system, including spot-profile analysis - MB28
  • Faraday-type magnetometer with a continuous flow liquid helium/liquid nitrogen cryostat - MB326
  • Standard Vibrating Sample Magnetometry - MB
  • Vector (Bi-axial) Vibrating Sample Magnetometry – specialising in anisotropy studies including Easy Axis Distribution, Torque Curves, rotational remanence and rotational hysteresis - MB
  • Transverse Susceptibility Magnetometry - MB
  • Scanning Column Magnetometry for characterisation and study of Magnetic Fluids - MB
  • Magneto-Electric Coupling Rig - MB
  • Magnetic Hyperthermia Rig (DM100 series) - MB
  • scanning electron microscope SEM Quanta 200 (FEI) with EDXS (CMS Labs) - JBF
  • X-ray powder diffractometer Bruker D2 Phaser (CMS Labs) - JBF
  • ICP-OES (CMS Labs) - JBF
  • ICPMS (CMS Labs) - JBF
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (CMS Labs) - JBF
  • NMR with solids probe (CMS Labs) - JBF
  • Atomic Force Microscope (CMS Labs) - JBF
  • Multi-wavelength Raman Spectrometer (CMS labs) - JBF

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Author: BB Thompson, Last Updated: 1 October 2015, 10:34


 
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