Chapters Corner

Three New Chapters Formed!

Since April this year, THREE new society chapters have been formed.
The New Chapters are:
  • SENDAI, JAPAN under the chairmanship of Prof. Hiroaki Muraoka
  • SOUTH BRAZIL under the chairmanship of Prof. Renato Carlson
  • TAIWAN, TAIPEI under the chairmanship of Prof. Ching-Ray Chang

This is really good news for the society as it means that the magnetics community is active in these local areas, and society members and guests alike can meet under the IEEE Magnetics Society banner to their technical and social benefit. We wish them all the best for the future.


News from the POLAND Chapter:

Marion Soinski from the Poland chapter informs us of regular meetings in Poland.
On the subject of "Protection directions of watt-hour meters from influence of external magnetic fields" meetings were held in both Polish and English!

Also in late June, distinguished lecturer Professor Burkard Hillebrands from Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern gave his lecture on "Dynamics in magnetic micro- and nanostructures". Marion reports that the lecture stimulated a quite interesting discussion after the meeting directed to the future not only of spin waves, but also quantum computers.

News from the United Kingdom/Republic of Ireland (UKRI) Chapter:

The 2005 Wohlfarth Lecture…..
This year's Wohlfarth lecture was presented by Professor Thomas Schrefl at the Institute of Physics, Portland Place, London on the 20th of April 2005.

The Wohlfarth Memorial lecture is an annual event held to mark the significant contribution of E.P. Wohlfarth to our understanding of magnetism and magnetic materials. In previous years the lecture was presented as a plenary at the annual conference on Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (CMMP) organised by the UK Institute of Physics (IOP). With Einstein Year celebrations afoot the CMMP conference was not staged this year, but the Wohlfarth lecturecontinued as the centre piece of a specially arranged half- day symposium held at the IOP.

The symposium, entitled “Advances in Magnetics and the 2005 Wohlfarth Lecture”, took place on the 20th April and was organised jointly by the IEEE Magnetics Society UKRI Chapter and the IOP Magnetism group. Theprogramme was organised by Prof. Mike Gibbs from the University of Sheffield. Portland Place was busy with a good crowd from the UK magnetism community for what proved to be an afternoon of excellent science and a very enjoyable social event.

The programme began with a presentation by Prof. Burkhard Hillebrand from the University of Kaiserslautern, one of this year's IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished lecturers. Prof. Hillebrand talked about “Dynamics in magnetic micro-and nanostructures”. His presentationincluded a discussion of confined spin-waves and showed outstanding experimental results that visualised the detailed nature of magnetization dynamics in micro- and nanoscale structures obtained using a technique of spatially and temporally resolved Brillouin-light-scattering.

Prof.Hillebrand was followed by David Wright, professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Exeter. Prof. Wright talked about on-going developments in modelling of high density data storage in a presentation entitled “Terabit per square inch data storage using phase-change media and scanning electrical nanoprobes”. Although these media are not magnetic, the issues and modeling of the media for storage applications have overlapsProf. Wright described some experimental systems before discussing different approaches to modeling the recording process of the phase-change media describing both simpler analytical modeling and more powerful computational simulations.

After a tea break the seminar continued with the Wolhfarth Lecture. This year’s memorial lecture was given by Prof. Thomas Schrefl of the University of Sheffield on “Computational magnetics for storage applications”. Prof. Schrefl described the application of finite element and fast boundary element methods to simulate magnetization switching processes in model systems where microstructural influences on the behaviour were included. The magnetization behaviour for recording media and nanoscale magnetic structures were presented in several excellent simulations of the switching dynamics.

The session concluded with a talk by Dr Lesley Cohen from Imperial College London. Dr Cohen discussed the ”Prospects for narrow gap semiconductors for hybrid spintronics”. Dr Cohen described the benefits of high spin-orbit coupling and mobility, giving control of the spin state and the prospect of high speed devices. The difficulties of realising hybrid semiconductor/ferromagnetic devices were also discussed.

Following the technical session the speakers and most of the audience enjoyed sociable discussions over a buffet dinner that ran on into the early evening.

 

Professor Thomas Schrefl receiving the Wohlfarth memorial Prize from Professor Keith McKewen, Chairman of the IOP Magnetism Group.

 

 

Upcoming: co-sponsored meeting, with UKMagSoc, on "Nanoscale magnets: applications & opportunities" at the University of Manchester on September 14th, 2005.

Twin Cities Chapter:

The Twin Cities chapter will receive an update on the “Advances in Magnetic Recording Head Technology”, by Ken Allen , Vice-President of Transducer Development, Seagate Technology Recording Head Operations on August 11, 2005.

IEEE Magnetics Society Chapters

Chapter Name

Local Chapter Chair

Email Address

1 CENTRAL & SOUTH ITALY GUGLIELMO RUBINACCI rubinacci@unicas.it
2 CENTRAL NEW ENGLAND ADAM TORABI adam_torabi@maxtor.com
3 CHICAGO JEAN F OSTIGUY OSTIGUY@FNAL.GOV
4 DENVER, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DAVE PAPPAS pappas@boulder.nist.gov
5 HOUSTON JEFFERY WILLIAMS jwilliams@uh.edu
6 JAPAN SHIGERU TSUNASHIMA tsunashi@nuee.nagoya-u.ac.jp
7 LOS ANGELES JACK JUDY jjudy@ee.ucla.edu
8 MILWAUKEE MARK JUDS markajuds@eaton.com
9 PHILADELPHIA Position Open  
10 PITTSBURGH MIKLOS GYIMESI miklos.gyimesi@aNsys.com
11 POLAND MARION SOINSKI magneto@magneto.pl
12 ROMANIA ALEXANDRU STANCU alstancu@uaic.ro
13 SAINT LOUIS JT with AP, MTT, EDS, LEOS DAVE MACKE maccadi@aol.com
14 SAN DIEGO GORDON HUGHES gfhughes@ucsd.edu
15 SANTA CLARA VALLEY/SAN FRANCISCO GERADO BERTERO Gerardo.Bertero@komag.com
16 SEOUL, KOREA YOUNG KIM ykim97@korea.ac.kr
17 SINGAPORE THOMAS LIEW tomliew@mail.dsi.a-star.edu.sg
18 SWEDEN TORBJORN LEMBKE tal@magnetal.se
19 TWIN CITIES (Minneapolis/St.Paul) BENNET DY bdy@ieee.org
20 UNITED KINGDOM & REPUBLIC of IRELAND MIKE GIBBS M.R.Gibbs@sheffield.ac.uk
21 WASHINGTON/NORTHVIRGINIA CAN KORMAN korman@seas.gwu.edu

If you are the local chapter chairman reading this, please share with us all thatís happening in your chapter and local area (e.g. talks, people activity, magnetics news, company or university news etc.). Forward a paragraph (or two), a picture, a reference to an interesting article or something inventive or newsworthy (in your opinion) to me at r.dee@ieee.org so we can include in the next MagSoc newsletter.

Dr. Richard H. Dee
Magnetics Society Chapters Chair
r.dee@ieee.org