Richard Evans and Roy Chantrell are part of a consortium awarded funding of €400k under the FET (Future and Emerging Technologies) programme within Horizon 2020. The project ‘Optical antenna-assisted magnetic storage at few nanometers on femtosecond timescale’ (FEMTOTERABYTE) builds on world leading theory carried out by the York computational magnetism group in collaboration with experimental work by the group of Professor ‌Theo Rasing of Radboud University Nijmegen, NL, within 3 prior EU projects.

‌The aim of FEMTOTERABYTE is to develop nanoplasmonic antennas to concentrate light pulses at the nanoscale and to use the light to switch nanoscale magnetic regions representing bits of digital information. The new technology promises around 2 orders of magnetism improvement in both storage density and data rate.

The York group will work with colleagues in Uppsala University to develop first principle/ atomistic approaches for advanced models of the dynamic properties and switching behaviour of the magnetic bits which will support the development of optimised optical and magnetic architectures.

For more information visit the project website