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Magnetic Skyrmions for Future Nanospintronic Devices

Objective

Challenges facing technology for power efficient, high density, high speed information processing and storage are well recognised, and strategies for meeting them in the short term define the shape of industry roadmaps. As a consequence, in the next ten years, radically new approaches will be implemented and will transform how data is stored and manipulated. Skyrmion-based devices are newcomers to this global race for the next generations of information technology. Skyrmions were discovered in magnetic crystals only a few years ago, but we already have within reach a possibility to create them in nanoscale devices that can be made compatible with conventional integrated circuit technology. Our work in MAGicSky will substantiate this possibility.
The potential benefits are enormous. Skyrmions are magnetic solitons that carry information, and are remarkably robust against defects that can trap or destroy them due to the topology of their magnetic texture. Topology also appears to further underlie other of their technologically important features: mobility with small continuous currents and singular dynamics under radio-frequency. MAGicSky will engage some of the most advanced materials fabrication, characterisation and microscopic imaging facilities in Europe together with leading theoretical and computational modelling capabilities, to create the first proof-of-concept room temperature spintronic devices based on magnetic skyrmions.
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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

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EU Contribution

€ 687 018,35

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UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 606 000

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 652 007

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 574 243,75

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 318 332,50

CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 300 000

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 258 837,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 665095

  • Start date

    1 September 2015

  • End date

    31 August 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 396 439,60

  • EU contribution

    € 3 396 439,10

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France