Spin3D: Three-dimensional magnetic systems
When magnets are brought to the third dimension, they provide a rich playground for fundamental physics. The higher degrees of freedom available in 3D – and the new topologies and geometries that it makes possible – combine to produce many new effects, including exotic dynamic behaviours, and topological textures that occur on length scales of the order of nanometres.
In our group we study three-dimensional magnetic systems experimentally across a range of length scales, from the micrometre-sized systems (where topological structures analogous to everyday objects are observed) – to the nanoscale where, by patterning the magnetic materials in 3D, we can control their properties.
The experimental study of these systems is challenging: up until very recently, the techniques available to investigate magnetic materials were limited to flat surfaces or films, and it was not possible to see inside – or indeed make – a 3D magnetic system. As a result, much of our work in the past few years has involved the development of state-of-the-art techniques with which we can fabricate and visualise the magnetisation in three-dimensions. Now, armed with these experimental capabilities, we focus on studying the physics of 3D magnetic systems, while continuously advancing our experimental techniques.
The group is independent from the other departments within the Max Planck Institute, but works in strong collaboration with them.
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