The York computational magnetism group is at the forefront of the development of theoretical and computational approaches to the properties of magnetic materials and their applications, which include magnetic recording and an expanding interest in biomagnetism.
I joined the group in 2004 as a PhD student and have been a post doc with the group since 2008. I am the author of 31 peer-reviewed articles in international journals with over 400 citations and have a h-index of 10. I am lead developer and maintainer of the VAMPIRE software package, and developed the Constrained Monte Carlo algorithm for determination of temperature dependent anisotropies and energy barriers in magnetic systems. Web siteContact: P/A/023 Ext: 2822
Administrator for the group:
Website, booking travel & accommodation, stationery, organising meetings and booking meeting rooms, expenses, organising conferences such as the Ultrafast Magnetism Conference.
I have two part time jobs - administrator for the Computational Magnetism group and PA to the Director of Commercial Services.
Background: I have previously worked as a temporary PA in External Relations and in HR at the University.
Contact: P/C/012 (physics building), extn 2619
My first contact with the Computational Magnetism group was through an Erasmus internship during my undergraduate degree at the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi. The project at that time was concerned with the stability of magnetic skyrmions in thin films and the implementation of a more accurate method to describe the topological charge of the chiral magnets.
In October 2019 I rejoined the group, this time as an MRes. student. My project aims at developing a fast and reliable way of finding energy barriers for nano-sized magnetic systems (e.g. spin chains, grains, exchange spring systems) using the Lagrangian multiplier formalism. Such a study could help predicting the stability of stored data in magnetic recording media under the influence of thermal excitations. Moreover, the proposed approach has the potential of greatly reducing the computational effort in comparison with the Nudged Elastic Band method or the robust dynamic way.
I returned to the group for my MPhys project, which consisted of the development of a novel model accounting for both Brownian and Neel dynamics of magnetic nanoparticles bound within a fluid medium for application in magnetic hyperthermia.I first joined the group in the summer of 2015 as a summer student via the EPSRC vacation bursary scheme. My work at the time consisted of using a Kinetic Monte Carlo model developed by the group. I used this model to study the underlying physics of the heating mechanisms within magnetic hyperthermia, specifically investigating the breakdown of the extensively used approach based on linear response theory.
I am currently undertaking my PhD within the group, working on a continuation of my study of Brownian and Neel rotation mechanisms, whilst also researching domain widths and their impact on the lifespan of data stored using magnetic recording media.
Daniel joined the group in September 2016 to begin his MSc by Research.
The project is based on understanding the magnetic properties of permalloy. Specifically, looking at a cylinder of permalloy of around 100nm diameter which exhibits a spin vortex structure.
Using Vampire, Daniel is learning more about the formation of the vortex, the sizes and temperatures that allow the material to reach this stable state, as well as the demagnetisation properties of permalloy itself.
I joined the group for my final year MPhys project in 2016. My research focused on using our VAMPIRE software package to model multiferroic materials, an exciting area of international study.
I am now progressing in the group as a PhD student attached to the FEMTOTERABYTE project, where I will be studying the ultrafast dynamics of magnetic materials as part of an EU push to develop ultrafast and ultradense magnetic storage devices.
2011-2014: BSc Physics and Mathematics, the University of Warwick, UK
2014-2016: MSc Nanomechanics and Electronics, the University of Sheffield, UK
2018-present: PhD Physics, the University of York, UK
I joined the group in 2018 as a PhD student from Vietnam. My research focuses on the development of a physical model to account for the role of the finite-size and surface effects on magnetic and of magnetic nanograins for possible applications to heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR). I have been working extensively on Iron Platinum in L10 phase and have discovered a mechanism governing the dependence of the Curie temperature distribution of L10-FePt on finite-size effects. We are now extending the model to describe the effects of surface disorder on the static and dynamic properties of not only L10-FePt but any generic ferromagnetic material.
I joined the Computational Magnetism group in 2019, which was when I did my BSc dissertation on Atomistic Simulations on Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) for L1₀ FePt grains and films. Since then, I have moved on to doing an MRes supervised by Dr. Richard Evans and Prof. Roy Chantrell, in the same area, but looking more closely at the Platinum moments in the HAMR process. My current research areas consist of researching size dependent anisotropy, magnetic switching and Curie temperature in grains, along with any domain wall effects.
I plan on using this information to find approaches to increasing the areal density in hard drive systems, in order to fulfil the ultimate goal of bettering the efficiency of such devices via HAMR.
Sarah joined the group in 2014 whilst doing a summer internship and is now a PhD student. H
er work on models of exchange bias in FeCo/IrMn bilayers, supervised by Richard Evans and Roy Chantrell, produced important results including the observation that exchange bias only naturally arises in the case of disordered IrMn. Exchange bias is an important phenomenon and very poorly understood.
I first joined the group as an Erasmus student during the Summer of 2015 studying the thermal decay of magnetisation in recording media systems.
The aim of my project is to develop and apply general methods for investigating the interactions effects in magnetic nanoparticle systems. For this I will focus on two applications:cmagnetic recording media and magnetic hyperthermia.
2009-2012: BSc "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University, Iasi, Romania
2012-2013: MSc University of York, York, UK
2014-Present: Ph.D University of York, York, UK
Inverse problem map for determining anisotropy (K) and saturation magnetization (Ms interval at 20K and different packing fractions. The parameter correlations change from a positive correlation, for packing fraction 0.0 (non-interacting case), to an uncorrelated case for packing fraction of 0.4 (strong interactions case) in 99% confidence.
I am currently doing my PhD in Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia, Spain.
I have been visiting the group for several months in 2016/2017 thanks to two Galician pre-doctoral grants, one from “Fundación Barrié” (private institution) and the other from “Xunta de Galicia” (regional government).
The projects were focused on studying dissipated heat at a particle level in the frame of magnetic nanoparticle hyperthermia. Both groups from Santiago and York will continue to collaborate and develop further research on the aforementioned topic due to the awarded Royal Society project “Magnanotherm”
•BS of Applied Physics, Tongji University, 2012
I am currently a PhD student at Mahasarakham University, Thailand. I have been visiting the group for six months from July to December 2017. I am supported by the Industry Academia Partnership Programme, IAPP and supervised by Phanwadee Chureemart and Jessada Chureemart. I'm investigating the stability, thermal effect and noise characteristic on read elements by using atomistic model coupled with spin transport model.
My work is focused on the development of advanced reader model to better understand the parametric study on exchange bias effect with the thermal stabilities and the magnetisation dynamics in a whole reader stack using MARS which is the realistic micromagnetic model developed by Dr Lewis Atkinson.I joined the compuational magentism group as an intern student from July to December 2017, supported by IAPP funding. I am now a PhD student from the Physics department, Mahasarakham University, Thailand. I am working under the supervision of Asst. Prof. Dr. Jessada Chureemart and Asst. Prof. Dr. Phanwadee Chureemart.
I joined the group as an undergrad in 2009 and have since completed a BSc and MSc. I am currently working on a PhD project, which aims to better understand the Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) process and deliver a working model capable of reproducing the relevant physics. This will enable further study of HAMR, both by myself and other interested parties.
In order to model more realistic structure of F/AF layers in read elements with irregular shapes, the Voronoi construction is employed to generate a series of microstructures with specified grain size and grain size distribution of both layers as schematic illustration. The granular model is used to investigate the thermal instability of the AF layer with the atomistic parameters.
Schematic illustration of the advanced granular recording media with multi-layers in order to increase the uniaxial anisotropy and enhance high areal density.
My background and experience is thirty years R&D in the magnetic recording hard disk drive (HDD) industry worldwide (SIEMENS, IBM, Seagate, Hitachi and Western Digital). Key efforts include magneto-optical (MOKE), longitudinal (LMR), perpendicular (PMR), bit-patterned media (BPM) and heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR).
I am visiting Prof. Chantrell's group with the support of the Xunta de Galicia (Regional government, Spain), under the 12C postdoctoral plan. My 3 year funded project aims to develop an integrated modeling/theoretical framework for the so called magnetic-hyperthermia, a promising cancer treatment technique. The final goal is to create a general modeling tool including possibilities not existing in the same framework up to now, which are limiting the success of in-clinic magnetic hyperthermia. Novel aspects include the development of accute aggregation models and the influence of self heating.
Ricardo Rama-Eiroa finished a degree in Physics from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 2017 after completing his Bachelor's Final Project in the Laboratory of Low Temperatures and Superconductivity. After this, he completed a master's degree in Nanoscience offered by the University of the Basque Country, in San Sebastián, Spain, finishing said degree in 2018. During this time he was involved in the Mesoscopic Physics Group of the Materials Physics Center (MPC/CFM).
That same year, he was selected for a stay in Braga, Portugal, at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), at the Theory of Quantum Nanostructures Group. After completing the above project, he returned to San Sebastián, Spain, to do his PhD thesis, which he continues to do, under the supervision of Konstantin Guslienko and Rubén M. Otxoa, at the University of the Basque Country and the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC). This thesis consists of the study of the dynamics of topological magnetic textures in ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic materials, based on the use of analytical and numerical tools.
After completing a doctoral stay at the Department of Physics of the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, a collaboration with the Computational Magnetism Group of the University of York began to evaluate chaotic processes in the nucleation of additional textures while preserving the overall topological charge in antiferromagnetic materials.
I joined the group in 2008 as a PhD student and have been collaborated with the group to develop the advanced reader model for Seagate since completing PhD in 2013. In addition, I am working with the group to investigate the properties of materials and spin transport for MRAM devices which is financially supported by Samsung Semiconductor division. Schematic illustration of the values of spin torque coefficients as a function of position across the DW for materials (Fe, Co and FePt): Distances are scaled by the DW width. The result shows that the magnitude of these coefficients strongly depends on the spatial variation of the magnetisation gradient giving rise to nonuniform behavior throughout the layer.