PhD: Integrating chiral magnetic domain wall motion with photonics

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Description of the offer :

The main subject of research is to experimentally study current induced chiral magnetic domain wall motion in (synthetic-) ferrimagnetic structures using state of the art fabrication and characterisation methods. The final aim is to integrate magnetic domain wall motion with photonic waveguides (detection and writing) within the larger NWO Zwaartekracht research project on Integrated NanoPhotonics of the Applied Physics and Electronic Engineering departments at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

The fascinating possibility to combine on-chip photonics and chiral magnetic domain wall motion in a single device directly combining high bandwidth data transport and storage may have a huge impact on the realization of future data and memory architectures. The recent demonstrations of highly efficient current induced chiral domain wall motion in ferrimagnetic structures and the all-optical-switching of magnetic domains bring this prospect one step further to reality. In the Zwaartekracht project on Integrated Nanophotonics at the TU/e and the Integrated Photonics Institute (IPI) we are aggressively exploring this multi-disciplinary approach which could add a revolutionary functionality to photonic circuits whilst breaking ground in the fundamentals of current induced domain wall motion in ferrimagnetic material systems. This project will be carried out in the group Physics of Nanostructure at the department of Applied Physics of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The position is part of the Zwaartekracht project on Integrated NanoPhotonics.

Job requirements

For this function we are looking for a talented and highly motivated experimental physics candidate which is able to combine multi-disciplinary experimental expertise to understand and tune magnetic interactions for efficient chiral domain wall motion and creativity to explore the integration of these structures into photonic integrated circuits. The candidate should (nearly) hold a Master of Science or equivalent degree in experimental physics with a preferred specialization in solid state physics and nanomaterials; any experience in the field of nanomagnetism, spintronics and integrated photonics is a big advantage. Candidates must prove a strong attitude towards experimental physics and the drive and capacity to tackle different aspects of a complex problem with large independence. The position is for four years and is embedded in a larger research cluster with other partners. Acquisition to this vacancy is not appreciated!

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