28 November 2014

COBRA COLLOQUIUM: Friday November 28, 2014 at 15:00 – 16:00 in the Film Theater of Grand Café and Film house De Zwarte Doos

Speaker: Prof. Russell Cowburn

Title: Nanomagnetism: from green computing to cancer therapy

Abstract: Nanomagnets are structures in which advanced nanotechnology techniques borrowed from the microelectronics industry are applied to magnetic materials. Many magnetic materials behave very differently when made small. In many cases these new physical properties lead to useful new applications. In this talk I describe the underlying physics of what happens when nanotechnology meets magnetism and show some examples of new technologies that are being developed, including ultralow energy computer chips and novel
cancer therapies.

Biography: Prof. Cowburn has research interests in nanotechnology and its application to magnetism, electronics and optics. Before returning to Cambridge in 2010 he held positions at the CNRS Paris, University of Durham and Imperial College London. He is the founder of two start-up companies and the inventor of the anti-counterfeiting technology ‘Laser Surface Authentication’. He has had over 60 patents granted and is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences. He is the winner of the 2003 GSK Westminster Medal and Prize, the 2006 Degussa Science to Business Award, the 2007 Hermes International Technology Award and the 2008 Institute of Physics Paterson Medal and Prize. In 2009 his research was recognised by the European Union by the award of a 2.8 million Euros ERC Advanced Investigator Grant. Professor Cowburn in a Royal Society Fellow.

After the colloquium (around 16:00) we organize a mini-colloquium in which three COBRA researchers, will give a short presentation about his or her work.

For the Electro Optical Communication Group:
Speaker: Stefano Galzarano Title: Autonomic Computing-based Networked Embedded Systems
For the Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics Group:
Speaker: Michele Cotrufo Title: Spontaneous emission from dipole forbidden transitions in semiconductor QDs
For the Photonic Integration Group:
Speaker: Domenico D'Agostino Title: Monolithically integrated laser with weak optical feedback demonstrating suppressed relaxation-oscillation dynamics

The audience is invited to an informal gathering following the colloquium (around 17:00) in the lounge of Grand Café and Film house De Zwarte Doos.