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Stress modulated antiferromagnetism in thin film heterostructures

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 03, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

In the challenge to develop new, high- density logic and memory devices, the concept of employing electron spin transport as the data vector (i.e. spintronics) is of great interest due to the potential for very low energy consumption devices. Antiferromagnetic materials play a pivotal role in many current and envisioned spintronic devices through the phenomenon of magnetic exchange bias at the interface between a ferromagnet and an antiferromagnet. This phenomenon allows such heterostuctures to act as spin-valves to control the conduction of electrons according to their spin. The ability to modulate the exchange bias, for example by switching the antiferromagnetism on and off, would be a valuable concept in spintronic device design.

This project is available as one of five PhD studentships with the Bragg Centre to tackle fundamental and applied problems to create new and improve existing materials. These will address fundamental and applied problems across design, characterisation, fabrication and modelling. The Centre comprises around 150 members from over ten Schools and has had continued investment in excellent facilities and infrastructure, including a new building opening in 2020, to ensure that our staff and students benefit from state-of-the-art, high quality equipment and laboratories. We are a founding partner of the Henry Royce Institute, the UK’s Institute for Advanced Materials.

Funding Notes

Funding is available from the Bragg Centre for Materials Research for 3.5 years and covers the cost of academic fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,500 per year for 2019/20) and provides a stipend at EPSRC rates (currently £15,009 per year for 2019/20).

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