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Ultrafast spintronics with synthetic antiferromagnets

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  • Competition Funded Project (Students Worldwide)

This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding with one or more of these projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding. Applications for this project are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full department and project details for further information.

Project description

Spintronics where both an electron???s charge and spin provide device functionality is an exciting and developing area of research. At the heart of spintronic devices are nanoscale, magnetically ordered thin films which are used to manipulate and control electron spin. First generation spintronic devices have been in commercial products for a number of years, mostly notability as the sense element in hard disk drive read heads. This first application demonstrated the value of spintronics as a viable technology. More recently, there has been upsurge in activities as it was realized that the potential usefulness of spintronics extends to many areas including high frequency (GHz -> THz) emitters and detectors, data storage and specialist computational tasks [1]. Indeed, high density, solid-state magnetic data storage has very recently (2019) become commercially available [2].
In order to further explore the potential of spintronics and provide the scientific understanding for future devices, significant new research is needed. In particular, this project will focus on the high frequency dynamics of spintronic magnetic thin films and devices, which we characterize using ferromagnetic resonance. We have already succeeded in demonstrating high frequencies from a synthetic antiferromagnetic system [3] which will provide a solid platform for this project. To move beyond this initial work, the potential of materials with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) will be investigated. For example, there are classes of magnetic thin film alloys (so-called L10 alloys) which possess the very high PMA needed to generate high frequencies.
In this project, the aim is to develop the understanding necessary to create high frequency spintronic devices using the emerging ideas for new atomically engineered magnetic materials. This is an experimental project involving depositing and characterization of atomically layered magnetic films, creating devices using lithography and measuring them using ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) and advanced electrical measurements (e.g. non-local geometry) to understand their high frequency properties. The project will use the state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities for magnetism and nanodevice research in Manchester where we have a wide range of nanoscale magnetism activities. There will also be excellent opportunities to interact with our existing collaborators in laboratories across Europe and Japan.

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Applicants will be required to evidence the following skills and qualifications.

  • You must be capable of performing at a very high level.
  • You must have a self-driven interest in uncovering and solving unknown problems and be able to work hard and creatively without constant supervision.


Applicants will be required to evidence the following skills and qualifications.

  • You will have good time management.
  • You will possess determination (which is often more important than qualifications) although you'll need a good amount of both.


Applicants will be required to address the following.

  • Comment on your transcript/predicted degree marks, outlining both strong and weak points.
  • Discuss your final year Undergraduate project work - and if appropriate your MSc project work.
  • How well does your previous study prepare you for undertaking Postgraduate Research?
  • Why do you believe you are suitable for doing Postgraduate Research?