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PhD Studentship: Creating Hybrid Nanodevices for Fast and Versatile Light-controlled Spintronic Applications

Loughborough University - Physics

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Fully Funded
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 20th December 2023
Closes: 29th February 2024
Reference: SCI24-PH
 

Breakthroughs in information technology over the last 50 years have relied heavily on knowledge of electronic processes, utilisation of magnetic states (such as giant magnetoresistance read heads for magnetic hard drives) and usage of lasers (e.g., CDs and fibre optics). Nowadays, research efforts are increasingly aimed at reducing the power consumption of computation devices, e.g., by harnessing heat differentials to manipulate and move magnetic information. However, most current methods to create complex temperature distributions are either slow, prone to damage, or produce only small temperature differences only.

Within our project, you will combine concepts of the fields of magnetism and thermoplasmonics to produce novel and versatile functional metamaterials that allow for fast and optically reconfigurable remote control of devices for energy harvesting, the motion and control of magnetic bits, and unconventional magnetic computing.

You will be working with us at the School of Science to fabricate novel light-controlled hybrid magnetic-plasmonic devices using state-of-the-art nanolithography and deposition methods, as well as to quantify their operation using different magnetic and transport techniques. The project offers ample links to research areas within the centre/School of Science, which includes diverse topics of material science such as magnetism, spintronics, and novel 2D and topological materials for energy-efficient applications, as well as interdisciplinary links to neuromorphic computing architectures.

With expertise ranging from state-of-the-art nanofabrication, optical methods, as well as magnetic measurement characterisation you will have the opportunity to be exposed a broad variety of research topics and techniques. This will be further supported by access to the Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre, which offers a combination of an experienced team of researchers and world-class characterisation equipment, as well as collaborations with leading researchers both in the UK and abroad .

Within our interdisciplinary project, you will have the opportunity to develop expertise in nanolithography and thin-film deposition by e-beam and sputtering, as well as various optical, magnetic, and electric characterisation techniques. 

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