Magnetic skyrmions for non-volatile memory and computing

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Application Deadline
3/12/2018 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

  • Current computer chips consume significant amounts of power and produce significant amounts of heat. This places constraints on the endurance, range, payload, reliability, and detectability of deployed intelligence technologies. Therefore, there is a need for robust, low power, low heat signature electronics. Non-volatile computer chips based on magnetic Skyrmions presents an opportunity to address these issues.

  • Magnetic Skyrmions are unique stable magnetic patterns in magnetic materials that are point-like regions of reversed magnetization in an otherwise uniformly magnetized material. They are distinct from magnons which are more properly described as excitations or magnetic waves in these materials. To the extent that these patterns/Skymions can be created, detected, and manipulated; they would be useful as bits for memory or computation. Since they are magnetic, these bits would also be non-volatile. Non-volatile chips retain their last state during power loss and only require power during the write or read processes. Such systems are inherently low power and robust and thus produce less heat than transistor based chip technology


Example Approaches:

  • Research designed to harness magnetic skyrmions for non-volatile memory or computation.

  • Research on how to manipulate skymions.

  • Research on how to realize skymions at room temperature.

  • Research on how to stabilize skyrmions in various materials.

  • Research the combined use of skymions and magnons for computing.

  • Research how skymions and magnons could be used to produce low power, easily switchable, but robust computing elements.

  • Research into what materials are best suited for skymion-based computing or memories.


Postdoc Eligibility

  • U.S. citizens only
  • Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed before beginning the appointment and within five years of the application deadline
  • Proposal must be associated with an accredited U.S. university, college, or U.S. government laboratory
  • Eligible candidates may only receive one award from the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program.

Research Advisor Eligibility

  • Must be an employee of an accredited U.S. university, college or U.S. government laboratory
  • Are not required to be U.S. citizens
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
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