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Cluster Engineered Materials

Objective



Objectives and content
The present basic research proposal falls into the
categories 2.1.2.L and 2.1.3.L of the IMT workprogramme
"Materials Engineering". It is motivated by the wish to
show that the emerging technology of cluster engineering
can make a significant contribution in the fields of
magnetic sensors (2.1.2.L) and
medical implants (2.1.3.L).
A cluster is an aggregate of atoms like e.g. Ag1000 or
Co10.000. The impact of slow and accelerated clusters
will be used to create thin films and implants with
unusual properties. Cluster produced thin films have
physical and chemical properties which depend on
the kinetic energy,
the size, and
the chemical composition of the cluster.
As this gives more and more flexible control parameters
compared to conventional techniques, it can be expected
that cluster deposition will become a very effective
tool. This method will be applied to two problems:
Improved magnetic recording and sensing using the
Giant-Magneto-Resistance of cluster based multi-layers,
Unconventional hard coatings mainly for medical
implants
The consortium comprises three universities (FRE, ROS,
LPS) and one research centre (LAC) which are either
experts in pure and applied cluster science, in ultrahigh resolution electron microscopy, or magnetic
measurements. The industrial partners are
a SME involved in thin film coating (DOT) and
the magnetic research group of a large electronic
company (TOM).

Coordinator

ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG
Address
Stefan Meier Strasse 21
79104 Freiburg (In Breisgau)
Germany

Participants (5)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Campus D'orsay, Bètiment 505
91405 Orsay
DUENNSCHICHT- UND OBERFLAECHENTECHNOLOGIE GMBH
Germany
Address
9,Charles-darwin-ring, 1A
18059 Rostock
Thomson-CSF
France
Address
Domaine De Corbeville
91404 Gometz La Ville
UNIVERSITE DE PARIS-SUD XI
France
Address
Batiment 510 Universite Paris Sud
91405 Orsay
Universität Rostock
Germany
Address
3,Universitätplatz
18057 Rostock