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Ultrafast All-Optical Magnetization Reversal for Magnetic Recording and Laser-Controlled Spintronics

Objective

The aim of the proposed research is to develop “opto-nano-magnetism” as a novel approach for future magnetic recording and information processing technology at the junction of coherent nonlinear optics, nanophotonics and magnetism. In particular, we are aiming to investigate effects of light on magnetic order at the nanoscale, to obtain highly efficient and ultrafast (10-12 seconds and faster) optical control of nanomagnets and thus initiate a development of novel technology for unprecedented fast (THz) magnetic recording and information processing, including spintronics. To this aim we have formed a multi-disciplinary consortium of academic and industrial partners with complementary expertise in coherent nonlinear magneto-optics and ultrafast magnetization dynamics, spatially and time resolved magnetooptics, nanophotonics and X-ray nanoprobing of magnetism, atomistic simulations of subpicosecond magnetization dynamics for strongly nonequilibrium ensembles of spins, technology of magnetic nanostructures and their applications in spintronics. The project is directly relevant to NMP-2007-2.2-2 Section of the NMP Work Programme (Nanostructured materials with tailored magnetic properties).

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nanophotonics
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/spintronics
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data processing
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2007-SMALL-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 111 661,75
Administrative Contact
John Verhagen (Mr.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITY OF YORK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 395 748,60
Address
Heslington
YO10 5DD York North Yorkshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Chris Barber (Mr.)
SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY IRELAND
United Kingdom
Address
Disc Drive - Springtown Industrial 1
BT48 0BF Londonderry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Lamberton (Mr.)
PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 379 929,60
Address
Forschungstrasse 111
5232 Villigen Psi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Irene Walthert (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT KAISERSLAUTERN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 666 008,40
Address
Gottlieb Daimler Strasse
67663 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Berthold Klein (Mr.)
JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAT WURZBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 568 677,25
Address
Sanderring 2
97070 Wuerzburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christian Gloggengiesser (Mr.)
NXP SEMICONDUCTORS NETHERLANDS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 12 000
Address
High Tech Campus 60
5656AG Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Zegers (Mr.)
PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
Address
High Tech Campus 52
5656 AG Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Thijs (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAT KONSTANZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 13 124,40
Address
Universitatsstrasse 10
78464 Konstanz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Claudia Knueppel (Ms.)