School of Physics and Astrophysics

Spintronics and Magnetisation Dynamics Research Group

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Magnetisation DynamicsOur research focus is on magnetic materials. We are interested in microwave, magneto-optical, spintronic and left-handed properties of ferro-, ferri- and anti-ferromagnetic thin films, multilayers and nanostructures.

Such materials are highly promising candidates for a new generation of smaller, faster and energy efficient electronics for communications, data processing and storage, and for field-, substance- and bio-sensing. 

The group is strong in both experiment and theory. Extensive and close co-operation between experimentalists and theoreticians within the group ensures the highest degree of research quality and completeness.

Our experimental research relies on the most advanced methods of fabrication and characterisation of magnetic materials and nanostructures. A number of experimental methods and technologies used in our research are unique in Australia. Among them are nanostructuring of magnetic films and multilayers, fabrication of microscopic microwave components, magneto-optical and SQUID magnetometry,  spin-transfer torque microwave nano-oscillator technology, magneto-optical imaging, quasi-static measurements of domain wall dynamics, broadband and cavity-based ferromagnetic resonance and traveling spin wave spectroscopy.

Theoretically we are strong in both analytical and computational methods of describing the physics of magnetic materials as well as the physics of waves and oscillations in general, including non-linear waves, solitons, wave instabilities and chaos.

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Current research topics

Our current research focuses on theoretical and experimental aspects of:

  • microwave dynamics of microscopic travelling and standing spin waves in magnetic nanostructures;
  • microwave spintronic phenomena in ferromagnetic and half-metallic materials, such as spin transfer torque, spin-Hall, spin-Seebeck and spin pumping effects, etc.;
  • surface plasmon-polaritons in magnetic materials, including sub-wavelength nanostructures such as gratings and nano-antennae;
  • domain wall dynamics for magnetic storage and data processing applications;
  • magnetic left-handed materials;
  • application of spintronic and magneto-plasmonic nanostructures for sensing applications and for the generation and reception of microwave and optical radiation.

Complete lists of our publications may be viewed by clicking on the research staff links to the right.

Facilities

Our group’s laboratories form part of the well-equipped UWA Magnetic Characterisation Facility (UWA MCF) and are currently home to:

  • Three ferromagnetic resonance spectrometers (using both cavities as well as broadband striplines and coplanar waveguides)
  • Film deposition facilities
  • Magneto-optical magnetometer (polar and longitudinal geometries)
  • Three radiofrequency magneto-transport setups (contact method: rf probes or wire bonding)
  • 7T Quantum Design SQuID magnetometer
  • Magneto-optical microscope
  • Computational facilities: GPU and CPU workstations as well as access to Pawsey supercomputers

Group members also have access to UWA's Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis as well as the local node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility

Original software developed by our group

Our group has developed a number of software packages to simulate the physical effects we study. Most of these packages are based on our original theoretical models. Click here to access the group's repository of the original software.

Join our group

    There are a number of ways to get involved with our research projects both at an undergraduate and postgraduate level:

    • PhD and MSc research projects
    • Summer vacation scholarships within the School of Physics
    • iVEC supercomputing internships (link)
    • Small undergraduate research projects during semester

    Don't hesitate to contact one of our research group members to find out about potential projects.

    Local prospective PhD candidates may apply for an APA or UPA whereas international students might wish to discuss the potential to apply for an IPRS.

    International students from Indonesia and China wishing to pursue MSc or PhD study with our group may consider applying for an ADS (Indonesia) or an UWA-China scholarship respectively.


     

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