Researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) have received a $6.34-million U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency award to develop novel magnetic materials by unlocking the power of skyrmions, nanoscale spin textures with the potential to advance data storage miniaturization technologies.
Skyrmions could be important for creating smaller magnetic information storage that is still stable and efficient, and skyrmion-based memories are likely to be more energy efficient than conventional magnetic memories.
Over the course of the project, the researchers will study new material platforms that can hold skyrmions. Once a novel magnetic material is developed, the team will probe the skyrmions and image the material to ensure they exist, and then will start manipulating the material to create a prototype memory-storage device.
"The ultimate in spatial resolution imaging will be essential as we work towards stabilizing these exciting new structures at room temperature," says OSU professor David McComb.
From The Ohio State University
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