Consortium for advanced materials based on spin chirality

Lead Research Organisation: University of Glasgow
Department Name: School of Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

Chirality is ubiquitous and underpins our understanding of research fields as diverse as particle physics and molecular biology. It is the symmetry property of an object to exist as distinguishable left- and right-handed forms. Chirality also governs useful electronic and optical properties of many advanced materials. We will now use our understanding of this electronic and structural chirality to create a variety of new technologies. We will establish an international consortium centred on the exploitation of electronic chirality in advanced materials, with a particular interest in their electromagnetic response. We will combine international expertise spanning the synthesis, characterisation and theory of chiral electronic media with an ambition to make advances in a variety of technologies, ranging from next generation information and communication technologies to improved bio-sensors. Our consortium comprises 4 core scientists and additional collaborators from across the University of Glasgow and 18 core scientists from Universities and Institutes in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyushu and Hiroshima. It will be augmented by collaboration with Ural Federal University, Russia and Monash University, Australia. It will be facilitated by a number of meetings, research visits, researcher exchanges and larger conferences involving the broader community.

We target three broad themes, in which our individual expertise will be stimulated by fresh perspectives brought by the consortium.

1) Atomic-scale electronic chirality and novel magnetic crystals.
A simple manifestation of electronic chirality is the emergence of magnetism. The most fundamental electronic correlations in chiral crystals can give rise to a variety of magnetic orderings, of which only a small subset (skyrmions) have been recognised as potentially useful. Our insight is to study the largely overlooked area of helicoidal media, which have spiral arrangements of magnetic moments and are more robust and easier to realise than skyrmions. We will combine our expertise in chiral materials (Hiroshima) with internationally-leading electron microscopy of magnetic materials (Glasgow) and theory (Urals) to propel an exploration of artificially designed and naturally occurring helicoidal magnetic materials that have strong potential for applications utilising magnetoresistance and magneto-optical response.

2) Micron-scale electronic chirality and chiral plasmonic metamaterials.
Plasmons - collective electronic excitations - can interact strongly with electromagnetic radiation, particularly in patterned metallic structures. We will explore chirally patterned media that we have already demonstrated to have a number of applications. For example, Glasgow has pioneered the use of such chiral plasmons as ultra-sensitive sensors for chiral biomolecules whilst Tokyo has expertise in the optical characterisation of such structures. A second application is the development of on-chip plasmonics to form the basis of a wide class of devices suitable for THz applications (Glasgow), which we will now augment by incorporating chiral patterned magnetic materials as reconfigurable components. These composite structures offer new possibilities for application as THz phase shifters or sensors for functionalised nanoparticles.

3) Chirally-sensitive electron probes.
The study of chiral materials is eased by the development of chiral-specific techniques. Glasgow has long-standing expertise in the use of chiral photon probes in the context of optical orbital angular momentum for light beams whilst Monash has expertise in forming analogous electronic probes that would be suitable for chirally-specific electron microscopy. Prototypical measurements in the use of such vortex beams for imaging plasmonic structures and chiral spin textures are already underway (Hiroshima, Glasgow) and will be employed for the first time in the study of materials generated in both of the above themes.

Planned Impact

WHO?
Our principal impact lies in the development of KNOWLEDGE: through the discovery and analysis of new materials; by the development of new analytical tools; and by our long-term goals to develop new device concepts. There is long-term potential for wide-ranging industrial and societal impact, as explored below. Our second theme centres on PEOPLE: enhanced researcher mobility, particularly of ECRs, is central to the project and funding request. For the ECRs, the training opportunities are substantial, benefitting the 'pipeline' of highly skilled researchers required for our knowledge economy.
* Some of our consortium are renowned for crystal growth and manufacture of molecular crystals and rare earth compounds. An important aspect of our proposal is the discovery and production of new chiral and magnetic materials, to the benefit of all stages of the product chain, from materials suppliers to end-users.
* Industrialists working in the areas of microelectronics, data storage, telecommunications and sensing applications will benefit from the development of new materials. Our ambition is to model and develop plasmonic devices that are augmented by the incorporation of intrinsically chiral crystalline materials. We will be the first to explore the optical properties of these augmented devices and expect them to operate in the low THz regime, a frequency region of special interest for communications and plasmonic sensors.
* Our chiroptical sensors have the potential to transform biomolecule sensing at ultra-low concentrations, leading to novel medical diagnostic technologies, which would have notable societal impact with regards to health and quality of life.
* Our development of novel electron microscopy techniques will impact on industrial materials researchers worldwide, especially for technologies involving nanoscale magnetic media.

HOW?
* Knowledge will be disseminated via a combination of academic publishing, trade magazines, workshops and direct contact with the extensive industrial client/collaborator base of the University of Glasgow and our partner institutions. For example, we enjoy substantial collaboration with Seagate, the global data-storage company, and have trained a number of their personnel. Industrial engagement will be facilitated by the University of Glasgow's Knowledge Transfer Account and the industrial partners of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrative Sensing & Measurement.
* The University of Glasgow pioneered 'EasyAccess IP', a fast-track route for knowledge transfer that aims to develop any commercial benefits of our research for the benefit of the economy and society. We aim to maintain this approach within the constraints of an international consortium.
* Advances in electron microscopy will be made available to external users through existing funding mechanisms. The Kelvin Nanocharacterisation Centre conducts contract work on-demand for external clients, typically accounting for 10% of our instrument time. Our facilities and developments of Lorentz and vortex electron techniques will also be available to the UK research community through the SuperSTEM consortium.
* We will conduct ECR training in electron microscopy techniques through existing MSc courses in Nanoscale and Atomic Imaging without additional fees.
* We will exchange Japanese and UK students and provide them with international invited lecturers.
* We will promote ECRs in all activities. For example, the Glasgow PDRA will have considerable responsibility for the cohesion of the consortium's research activities in Glasgow and will have enviable training and research opportunities locally and in our partner institutions.
* We request substantial funding for collaborative meetings and to attract external international speakers to build a new academic community in the broad research area of chiral electronic technologies.
* Our final consortium meeting will focus on sustainability and follow-on activities.
 
Description Useful microwave properties of chiral magnetic nanostructures have been predicted.
Novel properties for quantum electronic states have been identified using simulations.
Exploitation Route Chiral magnetic nanostructures may offer new ways to store and manipulate data with lower power requirements than current technologies.

Chiral electronic states may lead to new approaches for investigating properties of surfaces using low energy electron scattering.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics

 
Description Carnegie PhD Scholarship
Amount £71,000 (GBP)
Organisation Carnegie Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2016 
End 03/2020
 
Description MSCA-IF-EF-ST - Standard EF
Amount € 195,454 (EUR)
Funding ID 746958 
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2019
 
Description Synthetic Antiferromagnetic Skyrmions
Amount £733,741 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/T006811/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 03/2023
 
Title Pixelated Lorentz imaging 
Description Improved efficiency of magnetic imaging in the TEM 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Has resulted in improved imaging in subsequent project work and publications in the field of magnetic imaging. 
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304399116300183
 
Title A transmission electron microscope study of Néel skyrmion magnetic textures in multilayer thin film systems with large interfacial chiral interaction 
Description Skyrmions in ultrathin ferromagnetic metal (FM)/heavy metal (HM) multilayer systems produced by conventional sputtering methods have recently generated huge interest due to their applications in the field of spintronics. The sandwich structure with two correctly-chosen heavy metal layers provides an additive interfacial exchange interaction which promotes domain wall or skyrmion spin textures that are Néel in character and with a fixed chirality. Lorentz transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is a high resolution method ideally suited to quantitatively image such chiral magnetic configurations. When allied with physical and chemical TEM analysis of both planar and cross-sectional samples, key length scales such as grain size and the chiral variation of the magnetisation variation have been identified and measured. We present data showing the importance of the grain size (mostly?<?10?nm) measured from direct imaging and its potential role in describing observed behaviour of isolated skyrmions (diameter?<?100?nm). In the latter the region in which the magnetization rotates is measured to be around 30?nm. Such quantitative information on the multiscale magnetisation variations in the system is key to understanding and exploiting the behaviour of skyrmions for future applications in information storage and logic devices. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Title Anomalous temperature behavior of the chiral spin helix in CrNb3S6 thin lamellae 
Description Using Lorentz transmission electron microscopy and small-angle electron scattering techniques, we investigate the temperature-dependent evolution of a magnetic stripe pattern period in thinfilm lamellae of the prototype monoaxial chiral helimagnet CrNb3S6. The sinusoidal stripe pattern appears due to formation of a chiral helimagnetic order (CHM) in this material. We found that as the temperature increases, the CHM period is initially independent of temperature and then starts to shrink above the temperature of about 90 K, which is far below the magnetic phase transition temperature for the bulk material, Tc (123 K). The stripe order disappears at around 140 K, far above Tc. We argue that this cascade of transitions reflects a three-stage hierarchical behavior of melting in two dimensions. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Title Heisenberg pseudo-exchange and emergent anisotropies in field-driven pinwheel artificial spin ice 
Description Source simulation and experimental data files for the associated paper. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact 7 downloads since publication 
URL http://researchdata.gla.ac.uk/900/
 
Title Heisenberg pseudo-exchange and emergent anisotropies in field-driven pinwheel artificial spin ice 
Description Source simulation and experimental data files for the associated paper. See readme for full details. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Title Internal structure of hexagonal skyrmion lattices in cubic helimagnets 
Description  
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Title Narrow magnonic waveguides based on domain walls 
Description  
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Title Order and Disorder in the Magnetisation of the Chiral Crystal CrNb3S6 
Description Source differential phase contrast data showing the chiral soliton lattice dislocation magnetic configuration at low and high applied fields. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact 25 downloads have been logged on the repository system 
URL http://researchdata.gla.ac.uk/829/
 
Title Order and Disorder in the Magnetisation of the Chiral Crystal CrNb3S6 
Description Source differential phase contrast data showing the chiral soliton lattice dislocation magnetic configuration at low and high applied fields. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Title Spin wave eigenmodes of Dzyaloshinskii domain walls. 
Description  
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Title Superferromagnetism and Domain-Wall Topologies in Artificial 'Pinwheel' Spin Ice 
Description Source Fresnel videos for the field driven reversal of pinwheel ASI arrays with applied fields of -13, -6, 0 and 30 degrees with respect to the array edge. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Title Symmetry Reduction and Shape Effects in Concave Chiral Plasmonic Structures 
Description  
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Description 14th Joint MMM-Intermag Conference, Washington DC 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Major international magnetism conference. Oral presentations by S McVitie (Skyrmions) and PG student G Macauley (Spin Ice). Both session well attended and significant interest shown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://magnetism.org/past-conferences
 
Description 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19), Sydney Australia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Major international microscopy conference that takes place ever 4 years. Representatives from Glasgow made ~10 presentations at this conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://imc19.com/
 
Description Colloguium Julich KFA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited colloquium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Colloquium CNRS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited colloquium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Colloquium at University of Dundee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Talk to mainly undergraduate and postgraduate students taking physics degrees at the University of Dundee.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.dundee.ac.uk/physics/
 
Description Colloquium at University of St Andrews 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Colloquium to staff and students in Physics at the University of St Andrews.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://talks.st-andrews.ac.uk/index.php?talks/talk_details/1152
 
Description Core to Core meeting in Jaca, Spain 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral presentations and discussion sessions for project partners on chiral science. Delegates from Japan, UK, Russia and Spain.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://home.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/~kotai/chiral/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Meeting-JACA-2019_Final.pdf
 
Description Core to core kick off 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote speech and chair of workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Core2core progress meeting, Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting of colleagues on core2core project from Japan, Russia and UK. Presentations, discussions and outline of plans for future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/physics/research/groups/mcmp/researchareas/core2core/sept2017meeting/
 
Description Frontiers in Artificial Spin Ice, Bad Zurzach, Switzerland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Closed workshop of experts to discuss aspects of artificial spin ice work. Representatives from University of Glasgow spoke at this event R Macedo (Fellow) and G Macauley (PG). Future collaborations were explored.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://indico.psi.ch/event/6589/overview
 
Description Hitachi Cambridge Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Artificial Magnetic Materials and Chiral Spin Textures
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description INTERMAG2017 Dublin 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Major international magnetics conference. Presentation of work in sessions with expert audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/conferencedetails/index.html?Conf_ID=35026
 
Description INTERMAG2018 Singapore April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Major international conference on magnetism. Attended with PG student (Kayla Fallon). Oral presentations made:

Session ULTRATHIN FILMS AND SURFACE EFFECTS
Exploring interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction for in-plane thin film permalloy nanostructures using micromagnetic simulations and Lorentz microscopy. (K Fallon, Glasgow)

Session PATTERNED FILMS AND ELEMENTS
1. Phase domain development in nanopatterned FeRh islands. (R Temple, Leeds)
2. Emergent dynamic chirality in a thermally driven artificial spin ratchet (S Gliga, Glasgow)

Well attended talks with interest from audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.intermag2018.com/
 
Description IOP Magnetism Winter School (York, UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Expert presentations in various fields of magnetism, engagement with PG students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.york.ac.uk/physics/magnetism-winter-school/programme/
 
Description IOP Magnetism Winter School, York 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact School for UK PG students. Two presetnations from Glasgow (D McGrouther and S McVitie) on FIB methods and Loretnz microscopy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.york.ac.uk/physics/magnetism-winter-school/
 
Description International Symposium on Chiral Magnetism (?-mag 2018), Nara, Japan 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Symposium of international co-workers in the field of chiral materials and phenomena. Representatives from Glasgow gave 3 talks and 5 posters at this meeting. Useful discussions for next steps in research areas arose.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www2.pe.osakafu-u.ac.jp/pe8/kai_mag2018/kai_magn2018_index.html
 
Description International Workshop at Ringberg Castle, Germany 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop on "Current Topics in Transmission Electron Microscopy" to discuss methods of electron microscopy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.fkf.mpg.de/6833185/2019-ringberg-workshop
 
Description Joint European Magnetic Symposia (JEMS), Uppsala Sweden 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact International conference on magnetism, parallel sessions of talks and posters
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2019
URL https://jems2019.se/
 
Description Joint MMM Intermag 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at international conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Konstanz Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk at international workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Leipzig BuildMoNa Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Winter school on nanotechnology focused on postgraduate training. Followed by lively discussion session and impacts on attendees' future research activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.buildmona.de/events/docs/Agenda_Conference_2018.pdf
 
Description Loch Lomond Workshop on Artificial Spin Ice 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Plenary workshop for world leading experts in the field organised as part of the EPSRC funded project. Presentations (including 3 from Glasgow participants) with discussion of latest developments in the area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.glasgowheart.org/schools/physics/research/groups/mcmp/mcmp/
 
Description MMC 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation entitled "Plasmonic Properties of a Gold Gammadion Studied by Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy" at the Microscopy and Microanalysis Congress 2017, an international meeting run by the Royal Microscopical Society for researchers (academic and industrial) in microscopy and related techniques. The congress typically attracts over 1000 delegates and is known for its strong level of industrial participation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.mmc-series.org.uk/
 
Description MMM Conference talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact International conference symposium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description MMM conference Pittsburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of work at relevant sessions, discussion with colleagues in the field of study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://magnetism.org/
 
Description MagicSky FET-OPEN European Consortium Project meeting, Leeds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral presentation from University of Glasgow partner detailing work on chiral materials and initial results using FIB instruments
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://magicsky-fet.eu/
 
Description MagicSky project meeting, Paris 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting of project partners in EC MagicSky consortium Paris, June. Presentation made by SMcVitie at the meeting on work with aspects related to chiral materials research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://magicsky-fet.prod.lamp.cnrs.fr/
 
Description Magnetic North 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Magnetic North 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Magnetism 2018, Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attended this UK conference in Manchester, April 2018, (with overseas delegates also) with PG students two of whom made presentations:

Exploring interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction for in-plane thin film permalloy nanostructures using micromagnetic simulations and Lorentz microscopy (Kayla Fallon)

Macro-ferromagnetism in a novel artificial spin ice (Gavin Macauley)

Both talks were well received with questions and interest form the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://magnetism2018.iopconfs.org/home
 
Description Magnetism 2019 (Leeds, UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentations and posters by national and a few international speakers on magnetism research in the UK. Lot of networking activity between participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://magnetism2019.iopconfs.org/home
 
Description Microscience Microscopy Congress 2019, Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Microscopy congress with parallel sessions and public awareness activities and exhibitions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.mmc-series.org.uk/general-information/previous-congresses.html
 
Description Microscopy and Analysis, Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Microscopy conference with presentations, learning zone and media presence.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.mmc-series.org.uk/
 
Description Nara Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact International conference on chirality held in Nara, Japan with an international audience of up to 100 researchers. Talks aimed primarily at dissemination of results and teaching latest techniques. Delegates left with plans for new research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Research visit to Uppsala University, Sweden 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit to Uppsala University to discuss possible collaboration. Presentations on Glasgow work by S McVitie and G Macauley. Useful discussion on samples of mutual interest to be investigated using techniques at Glasgow.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://katalog.uu.se/profile/?id=XX3296
 
Description SKYMAG conference on magnetic skyrmions, Paris 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Plenary conference on developments with skyrmions. Leading figures from Europe and beyond attended and took part in discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.skymag2017.u-psud.fr/
 
Description SPIE Special Session 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact SPIE special session 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description STEM for Britain at Houses of Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Poster presentation on Spin Ice, including chirality effects, for general audience in UK House of Parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Scottish Universities Physics Alliance annual gathering 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference style meeting for Scottish University workers to present their work and network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.supa.ac.uk/node/588
 
Description Scottish University Physics Alliance promotional video 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participated in promotional video for the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) to be shown at the American Physical Society meeting in Boston March 2019. I (S McVitie) took part as theme leader for Materials and Condensed Matter Science theme. As well as being shown at the meeting, the video will be widely available on the internet after the meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.supa.ac.uk/
 
Description Seminar at Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions, University of Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited to give seminar at the University of Edinburgh and have discussions with colleagues there from Physics and Chemistry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.csec.ed.ac.uk/seminars
 
Description St Petersburg Winter School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Around 50 international postgraduate students and researchers working in the area of magnetic materials attended a winter school and received training in state-of-the-art synthesis, characterisation and modelling techniques. Presenters were drawn internationally and talks were followed by lively discussions. The attendees will have used the training to advance their own research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://hepd.pnpi.spb.ru/WinterSchool/archive/2018/
 
Description Topo workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk international conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description UK Magnetism 2017 conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference for UK magnetics researchers, invited talks from overseas. Presentations and discussion with colleagues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://magnetism2017.iopconfs.org/home
 
Description UK Skyrmion Project Workshop, Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop organised by the UK Skyrmion project. Oral presentation (S McVitie) on work in this area which was well received. Useful discussion with colleagues working in the field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.skyrmions.ac.uk/index
 
Description UK-Tohoku 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Visit by UK Member of Parliament to University of Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Following on from event earlier in the year (STEM for Britain) at the UK houses of parliament, the local UK MP visited the Materials and Condensed Matter Research group at the University of Glasgow to see the facilities and talk to researchers about activities in materials science in Glasgow. MP indicated meeting was very helpful and informative.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/patrick-grady/4432
 
Description Winter School on Condensed State Physics, St Petersburg, Russia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop was part of Winter School on Condensed State Physics 2018 held in St Petersburg Russia. A presentation was given entitled "An introduction to the methods of TEM for materials characterization". This was to inform the audience of the TEM and FIB capability at the University of Glasgow and the areas of materials science being undertaken. The audience was mostly Russian and so allowed a large group of people to be made aware of the work at Glasgow.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.fks2018.ru/fks_program/
 
Description York-Tohoku Summer School in Spintronics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Program of expert talks to mostly PG students most from York and Tohoku Universities. Presentation from University of Glasgow on facilities including TEM and FIB. Questions and discussions. Met with colleagues in Japan (Tohoku) and have explored some collaborative possibilities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://yorktohoku2017.wixsite.com/summerschool
 
Description York-Tohoku-Kaiserslautern Research Symposium on "New-Concept Spintronics Devices" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting of international scientists to report on work in spintronics. Discussion and networking activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www-users.york.ac.uk/~ah566/symposium/