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Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration and Advance Data Storage

Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy 

Hello! I joined the CDT in 2018 after finishing my Masters in Mathematics at Queen’s.  

CDT PhD/EngD Project Title: Bringing Ab-Initio Design Into the Lab: Temperature Dependence of Plasmonic Response 

Supervisors: Dr. Myrta GrueningDr. Lorenzo Stella, Queens University Belfast

Project description: The heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology developed by Seagate uses surface plasmons to increase the storage density in hard drives. My project aims to use ab-inito methods to evaluate plasmonic materials for application in the near-field transducer as part of HAMR. Density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory will the main tools for this study, focusing on the refractory nitrides. The effect of temperature on the electronic and optical properties of materials also will be investigated from first principles. 

General Research/Science Interests: 
My research interests are many-body theory, electronic structure theory and Green’s functions methods for simulating interacting systems. Outside of my PhD project I am interested in cryptography and information theory.  

Talks / Presentations: 
CDT Conclave 2020 poster presentation 

CDT Involvement: 
I was one of the main organisers for the CDT Conclave 2019 
Impact Activity:  
I have taught the introductory physics computer coding classes in C and Python and I’ve attended courses on scientific writing and data provenance. As my project is in collaboration with Seagate, I’ve made industry links within the company. I have also made research links in Europe and the UK during my conference participation in Trieste.  

Any other info? 
In my free time I enjoy photography, reading, archery and baking bread 

The most positive part of my experience as part of the CDT is the sense of community there is in my cohort and with the wider CDT organisation.  

Contact me: 
All my contact details are in the handy QR code below! 
I am also on LinkedIn here ( my email is

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