Prof. 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. A general route to form topologically-protected surface and bulk Dirac fermions along high-symmetry lines DOI
    Oliver Jon Clark, Federico Mazzola, Igor Markovic, Jonathon Mark Riley, Jiagui Feng, B.-J. Yang, K. Sumida, T. Okuda, J. Fujii, I. Vobornik et al., Electronic Structure (2019)
  2. Orbital- and kz-selective hybridisation of Se 4p and Ti 3d states in the charge density wave phase of TiSe2 DOI
    Matthew David Watson, Oliver Jon Clark, Federico Mazzola, Igor Markovic, Veronika Sunko, Timur K. Kim, Kai Rossnagel and Philip David King, Physical Review Letters, 122, 7 (2019)
  3. Dual quantum confinement and anisotropic spin splitting in the multi-valley semimetal PtSe2 DOI
    Oliver Jon Clark, Federico Mazzola, Jiagui Feng, Veronika Sunko, Igor Marković, Lewis Bawden, Timur K. Kim, Philip David King and Mohammad Saeed Bahramy, Physical Review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics, 99, 4 (2019)
  4. Itinerant ferromagnetism of the Pd-terminated polar surface of PdCoO2 DOI
    F. Mazzola, V. Sunko, S. Khim, H. Rosner, P. Kushwaha, O. J. Clark, L. Bawden, I. Marković, T. K. Kim, M. Hoesch et al., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115, 51 , p. 12956-12960 (2018)
  5. Unconventional magneto-transport in ultrapure PdCoO2 and PtCoO2 DOI
    Nabhanila Nandi, Thomas Scaffidi, Pallavi Kushwaha, Seunghyun Khim, Mark E. Barber, Veronika Sunko, Federico Mazzola, Philip D.C. King, Helge Rosner, Philip J.W. Moll et al., npj Quantum Materials, 3 (2018)
  6. Electronic structure and enhanced charge-density wave order of monolayer VSe2 DOI
    Jiagui Feng, Deepnarayan Biswas, Rajan Akhil, Matthew D. Watson, Federico Mazzola, Oliver Jon Clark, Kaycee Underwood, Igor Markovic, Martin McLaren, Andrew Hunter et al., Nano Letters, 18, 7 , p. 4493-4499 (2018)
  7. Crossover from lattice to plasmonic polarons of a spin-polarised electron gas in ferromagnetic EuO DOI
    Jonathon Mark Riley, F Caruso, C Verdi, L Duffy, Matthew David Watson, Lewis Bawden, K Volckaert, G van der Laan, T Hesjedal, M Hoesch et al., Nature Communications, 9 (2018)
  8. 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)
  9. 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)
  10. 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)
Last updated: 06 Mar 2019 at 10:14