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EPSRC Reference: GR/N66490/01
Title: INVESTIGATIONS OF ULTRAFAST MAGNETIC SWITCHING
Principal Investigator: Rahman, Dr M
Other Investigators:
Cumming, Professor DRS Kar, Professor AK Chapman, Professor J
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Department: School of Physics and Astronomy
Organisation: University of Glasgow
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 2000 Ends: 30 September 2003 Value (£): 154,277
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics
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In the proposed programme we will investigate fast magnetic switching by a number of complementary techniques. We will measure the time-response of continuous and pattered magnetic films as a result of nanosecond inductive pulses in a coplanar wave-guide configuration. This will extend work on spin precession in continuous and patterned films as a result of femtosecond laser pulses. Effects of both heating (in an external magnetic field-fast activated switching) and direct laser influence (possible spin precession) will be investigated. The characterisation will be done mostly by MFM, Although we plan to modify our membrane fabrication procedure so that the membrane is completed post-pulsing, to allow high resolution imaging of the remnant domain structure. As a small additional possibility we would also like to pulse samples with Pico-second electron bunches at the final focus test Beam, Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC). However, this is not guaranteed due to the current priorities at SLAC.
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