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CNRS 
Modelling of the dynamics of atomic steps during growth and dissolution in nano- confinement
Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon / Villeurbanne
Institut Lumière Matière (Light and Matter Institute)
Condensed Matter Physics Theoretical Physics 
Full Description:

Short Description: The aim of the PhD project is to build theories to model the consequences
of nano-confinement on crystal growth and dissolution. Our strategy is to study how
nonlinear pattern formation and non-equilibrium fluctuations are influenced by confinement.
We will focus on the dynamics of atomic-scale defects such as atomic steps on crystal
surfaces, and their possible interaction with other defects and molecules.


Skills : The tools for this study will be both numerical simulations and analytical calculations.
Numerical simulations with be based on Kinetic Monte Carlo Models, and/or on continuum
multi-phase models. Therefore a good background in programming languages (such as e.g.
C, Fortran, Matlab) is necessary. The analytical part will involve the understanding of non-
equilibrium fluctuations and nonlinear effects. These analytical studies require a good
knowledge of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics and nonlinear phenomena, and a high
level in mathematics and calculus.

 

The candidate will work in UCBL in Lyon, France, under the supervision of Dr Olivier Pierre-Louis
(http://ilm-perso.univ-lyon1.fr/~opl/). The work willl be carried out in close collaboration
with experimentalists in Lyon, and will also have strong interactions with other groups of the
Nanoheal European Training Network.



Posted on: 04 February 2015Deadline to apply: 07 March 2015Start Date: 01 July 2015 Duration: 36 months
The Fund category is Public Funding - University and the salary is 30-35k€ annual gross
Doctoral School is Lyon physics and astrophysics (PHAST) in the Rhône-Alpes Region.

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