Center for Magnetism and Magnetic Nanostructures

Drs. R. E. Camley and Z. Celinski, PES

[Photo of Tammy O'Keevan with Ferromagnetic Resonance Machine.] Research in magnetism has exploded in the past 15 years because of the novel properties of layered magnetic films, where an individual layer can be only 5 atoms thick. Some of this research was quickly transferred into practical devices - creating a 20 GigaByte magnetic storage system on something the size of a postal stamp. The Center for Magnetism and Magnetic Nanostructures is dedicated to the study of magnetic phenomena, particularly in ultra-small magnetic structures.

The current research of the Center is concentrated on understanding and manipulating high frequency electromagnetic waves (10-80 GHz) using structured magnetic materials. This is particularly important because there are "windows" in this frequency range where electromagnetic waves can penetrate fog and smoke. These windows could allow the landing of planes in poor weather through radar guidance, for example.

The work of the Center is funded from grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the US Army Research Office, and NISSC. The total funding is about $300,000 per year. The Center also has much active collaboration including interactions with Argonne National Laboratory, University of Western Australia, University of California at Irvine, University of Silesia Poland, IFW in Germany, and University of Central Florida. The Center also actively involves all levels of students. In the past year we have had 5 undergraduate students, 2 graduate students, and two high school students working with us. Of the 11 papers published by center faculty this year, four included students as co-authors.