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Imaging Magnetism in Nanostructures using Electron Holography

Objective

"Future developments in the control, functionalization and manipulation of magnetic nanoparticles and nanoscale magnetic devices require an understanding of collinear and non-collinear spin configurations and correlated changes of electronic structure on the sub-nanometer scale.

In this project, an experimental methodology will be developed to allow magnetic spin structures in differently shaped nanomagnets to be visualized quantitatively and correlated with their crystallographic, compositional and defect structures. The project is based on the development of electron holography in the transmission electron microscope. It aims to provide quantitative measurements of internal magnetic fields in nanoparticles and devices that have characteristic dimensions of between 2 and 20 nm with a spatial resolution of better than 1 nm, both in projection and in three dimensions. Developments in instrumentation will allow the measurements to be acquired in situ in the electron microscope at elevated and reduced specimen temperatures and in the presence of oxidizing and reducing gases.

The project is highly interdisciplinary, requiring close collaboration between scientists working on nanoparticle synthesis, device fabrication, magnetic modeling, computational mathematics and characterization techniques. It will provide a powerful new analytical tool at the frontiers of the highest spatial resolution analysis of spin and electronic structures that will have far-reaching impact beyond a specific research domain, not only in fundamental magnetism but also for applications that include magnetic recording, spintronics, catalysis and biomedical applications of magnetic nanoparticles.

The methodology will also benefit European industry by providing a new leading edge in the fast growing international market of in situ transmission electron microscopy."

Call for proposal

ERC-2012-ADG_20120216
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Funding Scheme

ERC-AG - ERC Advanced Grant

Host institution

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 984 340
Principal investigator
Rafal Edward Dunin-Borkowski (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Gelinde Riese (Mrs.)

Beneficiaries (3)

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 984 340
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
Activity type
Research Organisations
Principal investigator
Rafal Edward Dunin-Borkowski (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Gelinde Riese (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 330 000
Address
Universitatsstrasse 2
45141 Essen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sandra Kramm (Mrs.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 184 800
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angela Noble (Ms.)