Designer spin interfaces through electric field control

Project Details


Switching a magnet is the underlying process which allows the storage of data on hard disc drives. A large body of research aims to improve on current data storage devices by creating small, fast, dense magnetic memories. Two recent effects discovered in thin film magnetic heterostructures provide a promising path towards this: the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction and spin-orbit torques. These mechanisms allow fast magnetic domain wall motion and the creation of topologically protected magnetic excitations called skyrmions. This project aims to understand the underlying physics of these effects, through electric field controlled manipulation of the interfaces of a magnetic layer. By learning how to control these interfaces, new commercially-relevant devices based on electric-field controlled magnetism will become possible.
Short titleMansell Rhodri AT-palkka
Effective start/end date01/09/201631/08/2021

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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