Completed projects

Students in all stages of their education contribute greatly to FNA’s research effort. Below are some examples of recently completed student projects.

Bachelor End Projects

  • Niels de Vries: An all-optical method for measuring material-specific magnetization dynamics
  • Casper Schippers: The influence of magnetic orientations on the exchange bias in Pt/Co/IrMn

External Traineeships

Guus Vermijs, A search for the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya Interaction in magnetic thin films by using field-driven domain wall motion (Seoul National University, South-Korea). “During my traineeship I have studied the dynamics of domain walls in ultrathin magnetic films. Even though these films are only nanometers in thickness, their magnetic state could be visualized through an optical microscope. A fun and challenging project which involved a lot of hands-on experimentation and a good chunk of data-analysis! Together with living in the bustling city of Seoul and experiencing a lot of culture shocks made this a wonderful experience!”

Mark Peeters, SAXS studies on charge and magnetic correlation lengths in FePt granular media (Stanford University, USA). “I did my external traineeship at Stanford University in California, USA. I used the synchrotron they have there to look at the magnetic properties of the materials they use in hard disks, and I found some very interesting results. I learned a lot in this traineeship, both about physics and about life in the USA.”

Master Graduation Projects

Fanny Ummelen, A new route towards synchronous domain wall motion. "'During my master project I worked on a fundamentally new method to move magnetic domain walls. What I really liked was that I was involved in all aspects of this project; I worked out the idea theoretically, I made the magnetic nanostructures and studied how they behave under a magnetic microscope. A better computer memory based on this project is still far away, nevertheless it was great fun!"

Mark Lalieu, Charging the interlayer exchange coupling - searching for the electric field effect in interlayer exchange coupled FM/NM/FM trilayers. "In this graduation project we searched for an electric field effect on the interlayer exchange coupling between two ultra-thin ferromagnetic films. We designed a toy model that predicted both the existence of the effect and a possible sign reversal of the coupling upon application of the electric field. Using multiple deposition and lithography steps structures were fabricated and measured, showing the very first sign of the effect."