Research in the department
Experimental Biophysics & Nanotechnology
Research in the EBN group is concerned with the development and application of advanced photonic and scanning probe techniques and of novel nanomaterials. Continuing the Department’s heritage in biophysics, the group is concerned with the development and application of optical techniques, particularly very high spatial resolution microscopy, and the synthesis of novel nanoparticle labels, to be able to probe events on the level of individual molecules. Other research in nanophotonics and plasmonics is concerned with the development of structures and devices with sizes smaller than 1 µm for sensing applications and for the control and manipulation of light on nanometre length-scales for the next generation of information and communication technologies.
Theory & Simulation of Condensed Matter
The TSCM Group employs a wide range of theoretical and computational techniques to study phenomena in condensed matter and molecular systems. The Group develops new approaches to study a diverse collection of elementary electronic excitations through the electronic structure, with expertise including bridging length and time scales to enable the study of properties at the mesoscopic scale, and the theory of quantum open systems using methods of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics. Applications range from topics in materials science such as fracture and stress-corrosion, to nanotechnology, to biological materials, to correlated electronic systems. The Group is a partner of the London Thomas Young Centre for Theory and Simulations of Materials.
Theoretical Particle Physics & Cosmology
The research focus of the TPPC Group is on tests of new models of particle physics beyond the Standard Model, including supersymmetry, large extra dimensions and strings. These tests include collider experiments, indirect and direct dark matter searches, and the particle physics of the early universe ranging from inflation to theoretical models of quantum gravity.
If you are interested in joining us to undertake PhD research, you should identify a member of academic staff within the research group that you wish to join, and then contact them to discuss your interests, before making a formal application via the links provided within the group pages.
PhD Research Degrees
If you are interested in a PhD at King's, in the Department of Physics, you should identify research topics and academic staff in your area of interest. Further details of projects, potential supervisors and research areas can be found on the group pages Experimental Biophysics and Nanotechnology (EBN) group , Theory & Simulation of Condensed Matter (TSCM) group & Theoretical Particle Physics & Cosmology (TPPC) group.
The Department of Physics has several PhD studentships available for exceptional candidates.
The Department will consider all eligible applicants who applied for entry to our PhD programme.
Comprehensive guidance on how to apply can be found here. The applications should be made on-line via https://myapplication.kcl.ac.uk/ quoting either "Experimental Biophysics and Nanotechnology" or "Theory and Simulation of Condensed Matter (TSCM)" or "Therectical Particle Physics & Cosmolgy (TPPC)".