Dr. Phil King

Research Theme:
Condensed Matter and Photonics
Research Group:
Hard Condensed Matter
St. Andrews
Email address:
Telephone number:
+44 (0)1334 463067
School of Physics & Astronomy, Physical Science Building, North Haugh, St Andrews, KY16 9SS, United Kingdom

Research interests

My research is focussed on imaging and manipulating the electronic structure and many-body interactions of quantum materials, including strongly-correlated electron systems, topological insulators, and emerging semiconductors.

To do this, I make use of advanced electron spectroscopic techniques, in particular angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES). Based on the photoelectric effect, this provides a direct momentum-resolved measurement of the electronic structure and Fermi surfaces of materials, as well as providing detailed insight into interactions of electrons in the solid. I run a state-of-the-art system for performing such measurements in my laboratory in St Andrews, as well as utilizing synchrotron light sources in the UK and internationally.


Lecturer for PH5024/SUPATOP: "Surfaces, Symmetry, and Topology in Condensed Matter Physics"

Co-ordinator for final-year experimental physics projects in St Andrews

Tutor for PH4039: "Solid State Physics"

Research outputs

  1. Fermiology and superconductivity of topological surface states in PdTe2 DOI
    O. J. Clark, M. J. Neat, K. Okawa, Lewis Bawden, Igor Marković, Federico Mazzola, Jiagui Feng, Veronika Sunko, J. M. Riley, W. Meevasana et al., Physical Review Letters, 120, 15 (2018)
  2. Ubiquitous formation of bulk Dirac cones and topological surface states from a single orbital manifold in transition-metal dichalcogenides DOI
    M. S. Bahramy, O. J. Clark, B.-J. Yang, J. Feng, L. Bawden, J. M. Riley, I. Markovic, F. Mazzola, V. Sunko, D. Biswas et al., Nature Materials, 17, p. 21-27 (2018)
  3. Hybrid reflections from multiple x-ray scattering in epitaxial oxide films DOI
    Eva H. Smith, Phil D. C. King, Arsen Soukiassian, Dieter G. Ast and Darrell G. Schlom, Applied Physics Letters, 111, 13 (2017)
  4. Maximal Rashba-like spin splitting via kinetic energy-coupled inversion symmetry breaking DOI
    Veronika Sunko, H. Rosner, P. Kushwaha, S. Khim, F. Mazzola, L. Bawden, O. J. Clark, J. M. Riley, D. Kasinathan, M. W. Haverkort et al., Nature, 549, 7673 , p. 492-496 (2017)
  5. Quasi two-dimensional Fermi surface topography of the delafossite PdRhO2 DOI
    F. Arnold, M. Naumann, S. Khim, H. Rosner, V. Sunko, F. Mazzola, P. D. C. King, A. P. Mackenzie and E. Hassinger, Physical Review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics, 96, 7 (2017)
  6. Narrow-band anisotropic electronic structure of ReS2 DOI
    D. Biswas, Alex M. Ganose, R. Yano, J. M. Riley, L. Bawden, O. J. Clark, J. Feng, L. Collins-Mcintyre, M. T. Sajjad, W. Meevasana et al., Physical Review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics, 96, 8 (2017)
  7. Spin and valley control of free carriers in single-layer WS2 DOI
    Søren Ulstrup, Antonija Grubišić Čabo, Jonathon M. Riley, Maciej Dendzik, Charlotte E. Sanders, Marco Bianchi, Cephise Cacho, Dan Matselyukh, Richard T. Chapman, Emma Springate et al., Physical Review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics, 95, 4 (2017)
  8. Nearly-free-electron system of monolayer Na on the surface of single-crystal HfSe2 DOI
    T. Eknapakul, I. Fongkaew, R. Vidyasagar, J.D. Denlinger, Lewis Bawden, S.-K Mo, Philip David King, H. Takagi, S. Limpijumnong and W. Meesvasana, Physical Review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics, 94, 20 (2016)
  9. Tailoring the nature and strength of electron-phonon interactions in the SrTiO3(001) 2D electron liquid DOI
    Z. Wang, S. McKeown Walker, A. Tamai, Y. Wang, Z. Ristic, F. Y. Bruno, A. de la Torre, S. Riccò, N. C. Plumb, M. Shi et al., Nature Materials, 15, 8 , p. 835-839 (2016)
  10. Ultrafast band structure control of a two-dimensional heterostructure DOI
    Søren Ulstrup, Antonija Grubišić Čabo, Jill A Miwa, Jonathon Mark Riley, Signe S Grønborg, Jens C Johannsen, Cephise Cacho, Oliver Alexander, Richard T Chapman, Emma Springate et al., ACS Nano, 10, 6 , p. 6315-6322 (2016)
Last updated: 14 Jul 2016 at 20:48