Magnetic Resonant X-ray Scattering from Spintronic Materials at Brookhaven National Laboratory

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy


We have been awarded beamtime for soft-xray magnetic scattering studies of multilayer systems at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) at Brookhaven in the USA. Unlike European Facilities such beamtime does not come with money to support travel to the facility. The experiments form part of our ongoing and highly successful joint programme on magnetic scattering between Leeds and ISIS. The grant request is for travel and subsistence funds only to allow a team of three people to travel to Brookhaven for five weeklong periods in order to operate the experiment 24 hours a day. A unique aspect of this proposal is that we intend to make electrical measurements of our samples whilst they are undergoing the scattering studies / this will lead to a deeper understanding of the relationship between the physical and magnetic microstructures of our samples, which will be revealed by the x-ray measurements, and their spin-dependent electronic functional properties.
Description In this project we made use of polarised soft X-rays to study a variety of magnetic phenomena in spintronic heterostructures, such as magnetic tunnel junctions, magnetic nanoparticles, and magnetostructural materials.
Exploitation Route Industrial sectors based on spintronics, such as ICT hardware. Dissemination through industrial networks.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics

Description Brookhaven National Laboratory 
Organisation Brookhaven National Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Public 
Start Year 2007
Description Chinese Institute of Physics 
Organisation Chinese Academy of Sciences
Department Institute of Physics
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
Start Year 2007
Description STFC - Laboratories 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
Start Year 2007