University of Leeds (ULEEDS), UK

The University of Leeds is one of the top ten universities for research and student education in the UK and is internationally acknowledged as a centre of excellence for a comprehensive range of academic and professional disciplines. It has an annual income of over €800M and over 38,000 students (of which 10,000 are post graduates) and over 8,700 staff from more than 100 different countries. Its annual research income exceeds €240M of which approximately 10% derives from EU awards.

The School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering has a long-standing history of pre-eminence in high frequency electronics, incorporating fundamental understanding, design, modelling, and fabrication of devices, components, and subsystems. The School was ranked in the top 5 in the UK for electronic engineering research in the most recent UK Government Research Excellence Framework, with 100% of activity deemed ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’.

The School of Physics has a world leading reputation in the theory, fabrication, characterisation and study of metallic thin films and magnetic materials. The School is in the top 5 in the UK for research impact according to the most recent UK Government Research Excellence Framework. Both the schools form part of the Bragg Centre, the flagship materials research centre of the University of Leeds. The centre benefits from a recent €108M investment by the University.

Within the consortium, ULEEDS will provide state-of-the-art material growth by molecular beam epitaxy, of both high power GaAs-AlGaAs THz QCLs for pumping 2D materials and high quality Bi2Se3 and (BiSb)2Te3 films. TI devices, QCL devices and integrated QCL-TI devices will be fabricated in the ULEEDS nanotechnology cleanroom. Linear and non-linear THz spectroscopy of TI materials will be carried out in the ULEEDS THz laboratory.

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