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Magnetic skyrmions in chiral multilayers


   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

  Prof C H Marrows  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Leeds United Kingdom Theoretical Physics

About the Project

In this project we will study magnetic skyrmions, nanoscale swirls of spins that possess a special topology. They appear in properly designed magnetic multilayers at room temperature and are candidates for next-generation data storage technology. It is now over a decade since the carbon footprint of the internet grew larger than that of commercial air travel, much of this energy is used to physically spin hard disks, write data to them, and write and refresh volatile memory. To drive skyrmions along a crystal using spin torque requires several orders of magnitude less current density then driving magnetic domains under ideal conditions, but this is not seen in practice in these systems so far. Magnetic skyrmions offer the prospect of vastly reducing the energy needed to write and store digital data if their properties can be controlled.

Further information about this project and how to apply can be found on our website.


Funding Notes

A highly competitive EPSRC Industrial Case Award in partnership with the defence technology company Qinetiq, consisting of the award of fees with a maintenance grant (currently £15,609 for session 2021/22) for 4 years with an additional Top-Up of £3,000 per year. This opportunity is open to all applicants. All candidates will be placed into the EPSRC Industrial Case Award Competition and selection is based on academic merit.

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