York-Tohoku-Kaiserslautern Research Symposium

Posted on 13 July 2017

As part of the EPSRC/JSPS funded Core-to-Core grant in Spintronics and Advanced Materials the fourth symposium in the series of joint meetings was held in the department between 21 and 23 June 2017.

York-Tohoku-Kaiserslautern Research Symposium group Photo

Under the Core-to-Core programme three universities must be involved and be able to demonstrate that within their field they are the best in their country. This is the so called “best with best” principle. Accordingly as the largest spintronics group in the UK we are partnered with the research group of Prof Burkard Hillebrands of Technical University of Kaiserslautern and latterly IFW Dresden, whose laboratory specialises in the field of magnonics. Our Japanese partner is Tohoku University which is the leading institution in the world in magnetism research. We collaborate with the laboratory of Prof Hideo Ohno of the RIEC Institute and Prof Koki Takanashi of the Institute for Materials Research. There is also an associated relationship with the NIMS Institute in Tsukuba.

The symposium had an attendance of 98 individuals making it the second largest meeting in the field of magnetism and spintronics in the UK. However there were 25 participants from Japan, 7 from Kaiserslautern and 15 other attendees from a range of EU countries and the United States including three representatives of Seagate Technology in Northern Ireland. Hence as an international meeting it is the largest in the field held in the UK.

The programme consisted of a range of invited talks typically of 30 minutes duration and delivered by leading international figures. These included keynote presentations from Professors Ohno and Takanashi, Prof Hillebrands and Prof Atsufumi Hirohata who is the York technical lead on the project. The overall standard of the presentations was world leading. There was an associated poster session for junior researchers and students who predominantly were from the Department of Physics.

For this event it had been agreed that a greater emphasis would be placed upon including early career staff to give invited presentations. This included four York colleagues but with additional presentations from people from TU Kaiserslautern, SPINTEC and Bielefeld University.

A representative of JSPS, Ms Ayoka Matsumura, also attended the first two days of the symposium and had an exhibition booth with a rolling electronic presentation available. Many individuals, both from York and some of our guests from overseas, took the opportunity to engage with Ms Matsumura.

The next meeting is scheduled to be held in Tohoku University on 15 and 16 December which follows on immediately from the annual Tohoku University Workshop on Spintronics which commences on 13 December. The next European symposium in the series will be held during week commencing 28 May 2018 at TU Kaiserslautern in Germany.