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Characterization of Applied Magnetic Materials for Industrial Scale Products

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The magnetism of nanotechnology

From magnetic microscopy to fast laser techniques, new approaches to nanotechnology are yielding new materials that will make memory devices such as hard disks much more efficient.

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New magnetic properties based on nanotechnology are now being used effectively in storage media such as hard disks on computers, advancing this field tremendously. The same technology, known as perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR), can be useful for many other applications as well. The EU-funded project 'Characterization of applied magnetic materials for industrial scale products' (Cammisp) is training the project's beneficiary, Dr Paolo Vavassori, to further the field of PMR-based applications. It built on Dr Vavassori's in-depth knowledge of nano-magnetism and advanced magneto-optics by bringing to the fold applied physics and methodologies for material characterisation related to PMR. The doctor has worked extensively with fields such as magnetic microscopy, non-destructive magneto-optical measurements and time-resolved magnetometry using fast laser techniques. In more specific terms, the project supported the beneficiary's expertise and skills in magnetic recording, PMR applications and PMR materials, as well as issues related to materials testing and technological challenges. As a result of these initiatives, Dr Vavassori acquired advanced knowledge in magnetic recording technologies and challenges in the field, particularly with respect to data analysis methodologies. He also gained in-depth knowledge of industrial applications including product planning, product reliability, patent issues and management issues. Importantly, the project enabled the doctor to identify technology for improving the technology even more. In the meantime, the host institution was able to maintain its global leadership in the field and contribute to a strong European Research Area (ERA) in nanotechnology.

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