Prof. Dr. Stuart Parkin
A common theme underlying the projects in Parkin’s department is the creation of atomically engineered materials with novel properties. These “unnatural” materials are created by the deposition of atomically thick thin films using techniques ranging from molecular beam epitaxy, pulsed laser deposition, magnetron and ion beam sputtering to atomic layer deposition. Cognitive and spintronic materials are explored as well as research into hybrid and exotic materials such as: those that could support superconductivity at much higher temperatures than is possible today; materials that display unusual magnetic textures such as non-collinear magnetism and skyrmions; materials that only exist at interfaces, for example, between an ionic liquid and an oxide or metal; and materials that only exist on very short time-scales. A second important theme is the creation and characterization of devices, particularly those that extend into the third dimension.