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Bridging atomistic to continuum - multi-scale investigation of self-assembling magnetic dots during Epitaxil growth

Bridging atomistic to continuum - multi-scale investigation of self-assembling magnetic dots during Epitaxil growth

Objective

Spontaneous formation of nanostructures through kinetic and thermodynamic morphological instabilities at solid surfaces is increasingly recognized as an attractive, low-cost alternative to top-down schemes for nanopatterning. We propose an integrated app roach to examine the self-assembly of magnetic nano dots by spanning the atomistic to the continuum scales. The work will involve ab initio calculations, as well as statistical mechanics, mesoscopic and continuum calculations of the evolution of nanostructural morphology, composition, and self-assembly during deposition and annealing. By parameter passing, each effort will feed into the other, as the information at the smaller scales will be employed at the larger scales scale calculations, enabling us to b ridge a wide range of length and time scales.

The ultimate goal of the project is to develop an understanding of the important materials issue governing nanoscale self-assembly, and to develop models that enable the first-principle design of novel super-high density magnetic storage materials. The understanding of the fundamental phenomena accompanying dot formation gained through computational approaches and experimental validation will facilitate the development of processing methods that yield regular arrays of magnetic nano dots for the next generation of magnetic storage materials.

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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT DRESDEN

Address

Helmholtzstrasse 10
Dresden

Germany

Administrative Contact

Axel VOIGT (Prof.)

Participants (4)

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HELSINKI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Finland

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Czechia

STIFTUNG CAESAR - CENTER OF ADVANCED EUROPEAN STUDIES AND RESEARCH

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 16447

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2009

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 940 547

  • EU contribution

    € 800 000

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT DRESDEN

Germany