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PhD positions

Read about our open PhD positions (PDF, 255 KB) in spintronics   

Master Thesis

Current and structure-induced effects in single crystal ferrromagnetic thin film heterostructures. Read more (PDF, 311 KB)

Imaging and time-resolved measurements of spin orbit torque effects. Read more (PDF, 455 KB)

Research Topics

We investigate magnetic phenomena in materials with tailored structural and electronic properties, focusing on interface systems spanning the range from single atoms and molecules to multilayer films. Here, the microscopic interplay of structure, size, and electronic effects determines the emergence of magnetic and transport properties that have no counterpart in bulk magnets. Specific areas of interest include:

Magnetic multilayers for spintronic devices

Magnetic impurities as model quantum systems

Molecular magnets for hybrid materials

Our experiments aim at finding efficient ways to control the magnetization in these systems, either by tuning material parameters such as the composition, thickness, and lateral size, or by external means such as electric currents and fields. Related technology issues include the development of integrated spintronic devices, storage media, and nanoscale magnets.

In addition to these topics, we investigate the way in which thin films grow, e.g., by molecular beam epitaxy, as well as the surface-directed self-assembly of nanostructures and metal-organic networks. Our experimental tools include magneto-transport and magneto-optic probes, scanning tunneling microscopy, and polarized x-ray absorption spectroscopy.

Recent Publications

Magnetic remanence in single atoms, Science 352, 318 (2016)

Unidirectional spin Hall magnetoresistance in ferromagnet/normal metal bilayers, Nature Physics (2015)

Ultrafast magnetization switching by spin-orbit torques, Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 212402 (2014)

Maximum magnetic anisotropy of a transition-metal atom, Science 344, 988 (2014)

Spin tuning of electron-doped metal-phthalocyanines, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136, 5451 (2014)

Spin-dependent electron scattering at graphene edges, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 06682 (2014)

Spin-orbit torque switching of perpendicular MTJ, Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 042406 (2014)

Magnetism of Individual Cobalt Atoms on Graphene, Phys. Rev. Lett. (2013)

Spin–orbit torques in ferromagnetic heterostructures, Nature Nanotech. (2013)

Site- and orbital-dependent charge and spin doping in molecular complexes, Nature Materials (2013)

At the Frontiers of Magnetism

The smallest possible magnets are the size of a single atom. We have reached the limits of optimisation of the tiny particles: we have created single atom magnets that are as strong and stable as is physically possible for the class of atoms used. ETH News

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