- Friday, 20 July 2018 10:57
Martin Cyster has submitted his PhD today, entitled "Modelling Josephson Junctions: from atomistic deposition to electronic transport". This thesis presents the first demonstration of an end-to-end modelling solution for understand the formation and electrical response of aluminium-oxide tunnel junctions. He has implemented some of the most computationally intensive molecular dynamics and NEGF simulations the group the group has ever attempted. Martin was able to successfully converted many many KSU of supercomputer time into detailed simulations of both the aluminium oxidation process and the conduction of electrons through the resulting junctions. Either half could easily have been a PhD in its own right but together it is a tour-de-force of computational techniques. Having had many distractions and moments of self-doubt, Martin has pushed through despite the ever present temptation of the glamorous life of a lead guitarist or book seller. Of particular note is the attention to detail in Martin's thesis, be it in terms of scientific rigour, software engineering best practice, graphic design, colour scheme and font choice, or stunning reproductions of vegetation indigenous to the Ballarat area. Martin's thesis opens up a new world of possibilities in terms simulations of superconducting qubit fabrication and will be of great interest to many of the worlds leading labs. Hopefully now the thesis is done, we can also look forward to a new album from Hello Porkins.