Instructor Jean Anne Incorvia
Meeting Days / TimeLecture: MW, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Magnetic materials play a key role in both present and future computing for storage and logic. This course will provide a foundation for understanding the materials, physics, and engineering behind magnetic
devices. It will start with the fundamentals of magnetic materials, including both classical and quantum descriptions of the origin of magnetism in oxides and metals. We will discuss the different energies at play in magnetic materials such as demagnetization energy, magnetocrystalline anisotropy, exchange energy, and dipolar coupling. We will describe magnetic switching mechanisms and how spin structures arise, such as domain walls and topologically-protected skrymions. By the end of the course, we will be able to understand existing breakthrough magnetic devices, as well as emerging phenomena that could be applied to future memory and logic devices.