Nature of project: experimental, data analysis
Available to students on full-time physics degree schemes or joint students.
Boron nitride is a wide-gap (6 eV) semiconductor that shares many of the desirable properties of diamond, offering an alternative material choice for applications such as UV photonics, high-temperature electronics and superhard abrasives. Its superior chemical properties make it the material of choice for the cutting of ferrous materials and it offers a wider parameter space than diamond to overcome that material's limitations in electronic and quantum applications.
This project will study industrially-manufactured boron nitride materials to investigate the optical properties using optical spectroscopy as the principal tool.
A successful project will develop beyond the above in one/some of the following directions:
There is the potential to extend the study from Raman, photoluminescence to X-ray luminescence using HeLIOS and in-situ luminescence in the ApREES vacuum system.
There is scope to move the project to a theoretical modelling theme, making use of existing research data.
When considering where to take your project, please bear in mind the time available. It is preferable to do fewer things well than to try many and not get conclusive results on any of them. However, sometimes it is useful to have a couple of strands of investigation in parallel to work on in case delays occur.
Additional scope or challenge if taken as a Year-4 project: Investigation of BN composite materials, such as machining tooling material as a more complex system.
Please speak to Rachel Cross (rac21) if you consider doing this project.
Initial literature for students:
Moderate to high difficulty, involves the use of research equipment.
|milestone||to be completed by|
|Review and selection of samples||Christmas|
|Set up of equipment and first results on model materials||end of February|
|Data acquisition and first analysis on a range of industrial materials||mid-March|
|Main data analysis completed||Easter|
Students taking this project will have to submit a full risk assessment form