Mr Jackson Smith


Research Assistant

School /
Work Unit

School of Science

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 2489


Building: 014
Level: 06
Room: 004

City campus


Science, Engineering and Health

Jackson Smith

Key activities

Jackson is a PhD student in the Theoretical Chemical and Quantum Physics group, where his research is based in the field of condensed matter physics. What does this mean? He uses maths to describe the quantum mechanical properties of materials on length scales so small that distances can be measured in atoms. Why does he do this? To better understand these materials so we can build computers and micro-electronics that are faster, cheaper and smaller.


  • Tutor for PHYS2123 Modern Physics (Semester 1, 2014)
  • HDR student representative on the SEH research committee (2013-2014)


  • BAppSc(Hons), RMIT University 2011
  • BSc(Phys), RMIT University 2010

Research interests

  • Quantum transport in semiconducting nano-scale structures
  • Empirical tight-binding descriptions of atomic-scale semiconductors
  • Density functional theory applied to P donors in Si
  • Nano-electronic devices made of P δ-doped Si and Ge


  • Australian Postgraduate Award 2012-2014
  • Vice Chancellor’s List, RMIT University 2011
  • Summer Vacation Scholarship, RMIT University 2011
  • Phillip Law Medal for Physics, RMIT University 2010
  • A. K. & D. A. Connor Award, RMIT University 2009
  • Stanley Martin Memorial Prize, RMIT University 2008

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

  • J. S. Smith, J. H. Cole, and S. P. Russo, Electronic properties of δ-doped Si:P and Ge:P layers in the high-density limit using a Thomas-Fermi method, PRB 89, 035306 (2014). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.89.035306
  • D. W. Drumm, J. S. Smith, M. C. Per, A. Budi, L. C. L. Hollenberg, and S. P. Russo, Ab initio Electronic Properties of Monolayer Phosphorus Nanowires, PRL 110, 126802 (2013). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.126802