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Friday, 28 September 2012

ICN researcher wins EPS Poster Prize at JEMS 2012

Doctoral student Can Onur Avci has been awarded the Poster Prize at the 2012 edition of the Joint European Magnetic Symposia

Can Onur Avci, a doctoral student in ICN’s Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group, won the European Physical Society (EPS) Poster Prize at the 2012 Joint European Magnetic Symposia (JEMS), held on 9 to 14 September in Parma, Italy. The prize, which included a €250 cash reward, was restricted to Masters and PhD students who presented a poster in person at the Conference. The winning poster was selected by a Poster Award Committee appointed by the JEMS 2012 Organizing Committee. The decision was based on the appearance of the poster, on the quality of the research and on the significance of the findings.

Mr Avci won for his poster entitled “Magnetization switching of an MgO-based ferromagnetic layer by in-plane current injection”, co-authored by colleagues from his group (Kevin Garello and Pietro Gambardella) and from SPINTEC, in Grenoble, France (Ioan Mihai Miron, Olivier Boulle, Stéphane Auffret and Gilles Gaudin). The poster describes a new way to control magnetization with electrical current in thin film ferromagnets based on spin-orbit coupling effects (see Nature, 476, 189-193 (2011)). It also shows that the phenomenon observed by Prof Gambardella’s group is valid for various material systems which can be directly adapted to technological applications, especially to memory devices.

Mr Avci and his co-workers published some of the work described in the poster, last May (see Appl. Phys. Lett., 100, 212404 (2012)). They are continuing their work to understand the fundamental aspects of spin-orbit coupling in ferromagnetic heterostructures, which remains a challenge in the field.

For more information on JEMS 2012, click here.