Lorenzo at Coma-ruga
From the 1st to the 5th, Ph.D. student Lorenzo Ceccarelli attended the 15th International Workshop on Magnetism & Superconductivity at the Nanoscale (Coma-ruga 2019) in Coma-ruga, Spain. This annual event includes discussion and presentations in all areas of nanomagnetic and superconducting research, including spintronics, novel magnetic and superconducting phases, and low-dimensional systems. Lorenzo gave a talk about his most recent work on the evening of the 1st entitled, “Imaging superconducting vortex dynamics in amorphous MoSi thin films”.
Nicola Rossi Graduates
On the 1st, Ph.D. student Nicola Rossi defended his thesis, entitled “Force sensing with nanowires”, earning his doctorate in Physics summa cum laude. The exam was chaired by Prof. Ernst Meyer with Prof. Poggio and Prof. Adrian Bachtold (ICFO, Barcelona) making up the committee. Nicola started as a Ph.D. student in June 2014 with the support of our ERC Starting Grant on using nanowires (NWs) as sensitive scanning probes. Nicola was the first to demonstrate a new type of atomic force microscope (AFM) using NWs as sensitive transducers. Unlike standard AFM, the NW-based technique enables measurements of both the size and direction of forces. He later showed that magnet-tipped NWs can be used for imaging extremely weak magnetic field patterns on the nanometer-scale, as required for mapping mesoscopic transport and spin textures or in nanometer-scale magnetic resonance. Fortunately for us, Nicola will stay at least until the end of the year to finish some ongoing scientific projects here in the lab. Congratulations to Dr. Rossi!
New Post-doc Starts
On the 1st, Dr. Estefani Marchiori started work in the group as post-doctoral researcher. Estefani earn her Ph.D. in Physics in the spring of 2019 from the University of Bath. There she worked with Prof. Simon Bending, studying the interplay between ferromagnetism and superconductivity at the nanometer-scale through measurements of transport, magnetization, and by scanning Hall microscopy. The aim was to understand and control odd frequency spin-triplet superconducting correlations (long range proximity effects) in hybrid structures. Welcome Estefani!