Advanced Magnetic Data Storage Models
Hard disk drives (HDDs) are one of the major users of nanotechnology. Models are required to predict the performance of future systems, but current models are inadequate in performance, in their treatment of thermal effects, and in their ability to predict error performance so that innovative new models are needed. The objectives and emphasis of the project can be varied to suit the student but could include advanced finite element techniques, novel treatment s of thermal activation or ability to predict rare error events. This would suit a graduate of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Electrical/Electronic Engineering or other discipline with a significant mathematical content. The research would take place within the Nano Engineering & Storage Technologies Research Group http://nest.cs.manchester.ac.uk/ and the Manchester Centre for Mesoscience & Nanotechnology http://nanotech.cs.man.ac.uk/ .Project
The challenging aim of this project is to produce patterned magnetic nanostructures with controlled properties for us in future BPM systems, through the development of novel media and fabrication processes. The project will involve the use of thin film fabrication and materials processing techniques that will push the limits of the nanolithography facilities available in the Manchester Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology. The skills developed are essential for the development of any nanotechnologist and are applicable to nanofabrication in areas outside of data storage.
The NEST Group
The Nano Engineering & Storage Technology (NEST) group is housed in an integrated suite of staff offices, general-purpose laboratory space and class 100/1000 cleanrooms. The group is a founder member of the Manchester Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology (CMN), which is based in the group?s laboratories and contains state of the art lithography tools for the fabrication and visualisation of nanoscale structures. The group also has facilities for characterising magnetic media including a purpose built alternating gradient field magnetometer and an ADE Technologies vector vibrating sample magnetometer.