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Steve Bramwell

Professor Steve Bramwell

Research Fellow


University College London

Research summary

Spin ice is a very unusual magnetic material that is famous for supporting currents of magnetic monopoles and the promise of "artificial light". Such ‘emergent electromagnetism’ inspires great interest in the physics community and beyond. However in order to test and apply the possible useful properties of these phenomena it will be necessary to control spin ice materials with great precision, most importantly by fabricating very thin films of spin ice, only a few atoms thick. TO achieve this is a significant project but great progress has been made, the latest development being the development of films of so-called "quantum spin ice", only a few atoms thick. the next step in the research will be to try and couple the interesting properties of these films to an exterior probe. As technology -- particularly information technology -- descends to the nanoscale, the understandning and control of such exotic materials will become evermore important.

Grants awarded

Spin Ice and Magnetricity

Scheme: Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Dates: Sep 2014 - Aug 2019

Value: £50,000