The Nano Engineering and Storage Technology (NEST) research group (formerly the Electronic and Information Storage Systems) has research interests in nano fabrication for data storage and advanced sensors applications and the investigation of data storage systems in general. We are housed in an integrated suite of staff offices, general-purpose laboratory space and class 100/1000 cleanrooms, and are a founder member of the Manchester Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology, where the ground-breaking Nobel Prize winning work on Graphene by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov was undertaken. The centre is based in the group’s laboratories, and offers a wide range of facilities for the fabrication, visualisation and characterisation of structures and devices containing individual elements from a few microns down to 10 nm in size. As well as the nanoscale fabrication facilities available through CMN, we have facilities for characterising magnetic media including a purpose-built alternating gradient field magnetometer, a purpose-built magneto optical kerr effect (MOKE) magnetometer, and an ADE Technologies vector vibrating sample magnetometer.
New Manchester academic Christoforos Moutafis explains:
Researchers in Switzerland, Germany, and The Netherlands have succeeded in imaging single skyrmion bubbles for the first time in an experiment using a technique called soft X-ray holography. The way the tiny structures move implies that they behave like particles that have mass – findings that might be important for understanding topologically related structures in other systems such as Bose-Einstein condensates, antiferromagnetic superconductors and multiferroics. Magnetic skyrmions have recently created a flurry of interest in the spintronics and nanotechnology world and might be used to make future high-density data-storage technologies and nanodigital electronic devices with improved data transfer speeds and processing power.
For general enquiries please contact members of the group directly.
The NEST Research Group,
School of Computer Science,
The University of Manchester,
M13 9PL, UK
The NEST Group is based in ground floor of the IT building, building 40 on the campus map, with access via the Kilburn building to the 4th floor of the IT building. The University of Manchester website has detailed travel instructions. When travelling on Oxford Road from the city centre you are heading South, and the Kilburn and IT buildings will be on your left.