Topic for Master Thesis (f/m)

Job Offer from December 06, 2018

Topic for Master Thesis (f/m) in cooperation with a university

The idea of the racetrack memory [1] drives us to investigate the motion dynamics of magnetic domain walls. These domain walls are meant to serve as bits in this novel storage device and are driven by an electrical current in a nanostrip. Current research focuses on the increase of domain wall velocity in order to increase read and write rates as well as on an efficiency enhancement of converting a charge current into a motion of the magnetic domain wall.

Since the idea in 2008, several breakthroughs have been achieved and the design evolved from a 1.0 to a 4.0 version solving major obstacles [2]. In the latest version, synthetic antiferromagnetic structures show very fast domain wall motion while the structure itself does not exhibit stray fields and is insensitive to magnetic fields. This is technologically highly interesting and paved the way to more efficient and better controllable antiferromagnetic domain wall motion. We recently extended our research to ferrimagnetic systems in which two distinct magnetic materials couple antiferromagnetically [3].

[1] Parkin, S. S., Hayashi, M., & Thomas, L. (2008). Magnetic domain-wall racetrack memory. Science320(5873), 190-194.

[2] Yang, S. H., & Parkin, S. (2017). Novel domain wall dynamics in synthetic antiferromagnets. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter29(30), 303001.

[3] Bläsing, R., et al. (2018). Exchange coupling torque in ferrimagnetic Co/Gd bilayer maximized near angular momentum compensation temperature. Nature Communications9(1), 4984.


  • Perform measurements on a prototype racetrack memory
  • Characterization of properties of magnetic structure by various measurement techniques
  • Develop a theoretical understanding of underlying physical phenomena
  • Simulations of domain wall motion dynamics


  • Master student interested in the field of magnetism and spintronics and looking for a potential collaboration with the MPI
  • Good English skills required
  • Programming skills recommended


  • Working in one of world-leading groups in the field of magnetism
  • Tutorials and seminars on various interesting topics
  • Individual supervision of your thesis
  • A world-leading research infrastructure with state-of-the-art capabilities


  • In English can be send to Robin Bläsing by email
  • The Max Planck Society aims to employ more persons with disabilities. Applications from persons with disabilities are explicitly encouraged. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
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