15 Credits SPRING

Cannot be taken with: MAT4111, MAT6391

Aims/Description: The module starts with an introduction to magnetism and proceeds to the magnetic parameters which are influenced when length scales approach the nanometer range. Bulk, thin film and heterogeneous materials are considered. There is a discussion of probes for studying nanomagnetic materials. The role of nanostructure on exchange interactions and remanence enhancement, surfaces and interfaces on anisotropy and magnetoelasticity and nanofabrication on magnetotransport are introduced. Micromagnetic modelling is introduced. A range of applications including magnetic memory, nanostructured magnets, spin-electronics and microelectromechanical devices are outlined. 

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Micromagnetics Workshop
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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