Summer Project
Professor Ben Powell

Suitable for:  Advanced undergraduates, with strong physics background.

Project:  High temperature superconductivity is one of the great unsolved problems in physics.  In order to understand it we must solve the Schrodinger equation for ~1023 electrons that are interacting strongly with one another, which is technically extremely demanding.  Organic superconductors are a class of high temperature superconductors that are extremely flexible because of the control that organic chemists can achieve.  In this project, the Summer Research Scholar will use advanced quantum mechanical techniques to predict the properties of these materials and make direct comparison with experimental results from some of the world's leading groups.

Expected outcomes:  Basic science

Duration:  6-10 weeks

Contact:  Professor Ben Powell, powell@physics.uq.edu.au; phone +61 7 336 52401; room 418, Physics Annexe (6), UQ St Lucia campus.