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Magnonics: Mastering Magnons in Magnetic Meta-Materials

Objective

The opportunity to modify spectrum of excitations in materials with periodically modulated properties has stimulated striving research activity in the area of artificial periodic structures with aim to design novel materials with new revolutionary functionalities - so called meta-materials. Photonic, plasmonic, and phononic crystals and semiconductor superlattices are typical examples of exploitation of this concept for controlling light, acoustic wave and electron propagation and scattering in electronic and opto-electronic devices. Magnetic materials with periodically modulated properties are also known to possess properties that cannot be reduced to those of constituent layers. The best example here is the phenomenon of giant magnetoresistance (GMR), discovery of which was marked by the Nobel Prize Award last year. Importantly, the spectrum of magnons in periodic magnetic materials has band structure. By analogy to other band-gap materials, periodic magnetic structures used as a medium for controlled propagation of magnons are called magnonic crystals, while the corresponding field of research is called magnonics. The objective of the proposed project is to bring together several European research teams with a broad of fabrication and characterization expertise in order to realize practically this new class of meta-materials – magnonic crystals. We will create 1D, 2D, and 3D magnonic crystals with dynamical magnetic properties tailored at the nano-scale. The created magnonic crystals will be then used to replace continuous magnetic materials within various devices ranging from electro-motors and actuators to nano-scale magnonic logic elements, in which magnons will be used as signal carriers. The experimental data obtained in the course of the project will be used to test existing and to create new theories of high-frequency magneto-dynamics in magnetic nano-structures.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2008-SMALL-2
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 822 796
Administrative Contact
Enda Clarke (Dr.)

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 664 660
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mike Hobbs (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FERRARA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 277 960
Address
Via Ariosto 35
44121 Ferrara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mauro Gambaccini (Prof.)
CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE FISICHE DELLA MATERIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 508 524
Address
Via Ostiense 159
00154 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Simonetta Paoluzi (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 688 160
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Ronchetti (Ms.)
UNIWERSYTET IM. ADAMA MICKIEWICZA W POZNANIU
Poland
EU contribution
€ 251 880
Address
Ul. Henryka Wieniawskiego 1
61712 Poznan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maciej Krawczyk (Dr.)
VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG VON INNOVATIONEN DURCH FORSCHUNG ENTWICKLUNG UNDTECHNOLOGIETRANSFER EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 285 840
Address
Pruessingstrasse 27B
D-07745 Jena
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dmitri Berkov (Dr.)