School of Chemistry & Physics

Prof Terence Brian Doyle

Emeritus Professor

Prof Doyle’s academic career spans over 5 decades across these roles: Research Fellow at WITS (1969 – 1976), Lecturer / Professor at University of Natal (1976 – 2006), Head of School of Physics at University of Natal (1999-2005) and Research Associate at iThemba LABS (2007 – 2017). He sometimes worked as an external examiner for UCT and UW.

His research interest include: condensed matter physics, non-linear wave theory (computational), mixed media properties. He went on to solve the shape effect problem and contributed to an understanding of vortex dynamics in Type II superconductors and in non-linear wave theory.

Prof Doyle has supervised many postgraduates and has delivered lectures at several national and international research institutions.

Research interests

  • General condensed matter physics
  • Low temperature physics including magnetic and electric properties of solids
  • Mechanical properties of solids – dislocations and deformation behaviour
  • Superconductivity – vortex dynamics and pinning, the critical state, general electromagnetic properties, Josephson effect, granularity and the “weak-link” problem in high-Tc superconducting systems
  • The amorphous solid state – structural, electric and magnetic properties, and their relaxation behaviour
  • Non-linear wave and soliton propagation in plasmas and in water
  • Cold cathode electron emission from oxygen implanted diamond

Research profiles