From the Conference General Chair, Romel D. GOMEZ

The 41st IEEE International Magnetics Conference (Intermag) was held at the Town & Country Resort and Conference Center in San Diego, California on May 8-12, 2006. As the premiere technical conference on applied magnetism, it attracted over 1000 attendees from Asia, Australia, Europe and North America, as well as 26 industrial partners and exhibitors. It was one of the best attended Intermag conferences in recent years. There were 1421 digests submitted from 48 countries and from which 956 were accepted for presentation. The technical program was organized into 94 sessions which covered new developments in the broad areas of magnetism. The conference featured 6 invited symposia on (i) Spin Transfer: New physics and applications, (ii) Data Storage Devices in 10 years: HDD or Solid State?, (iii) Magnetic Biosensors and Microsystems, (iv) Advances on Magnetic Characterization and Imaging, (v) Synthesis of Magnetic Nanoparticles, and (vi) Advanced Recording Media. In addition, an evening tutorial on “Noise Mechanisms in Magnetic Devices,” organized by the Magnetics Society Education Committee, was also presented. A forthcoming issue of the IEEE Transactions on Magnetics will contain 500 selected papers from the conference. All have been rigorously reviewed and deemed to have significant archival value.

One conference highlight was the Plenary Session which featured the informative and forward-looking address by Dr. Mark H. Kryder on “Magnetic Data Storage and Where It is Taking Us.” Dr. Kryder is currently the Chief Technical Officer and Senior Vice President for Research at Seagate Technology. The Awards Ceremony honored several outstanding individuals: Professor H. Neal Bertram - IEEE Magnetics Society Achievement Award; Dr. Jai M. Menon - IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage System Award; Drs. Eliyahou Harari, Sanjay Mehrotra and Jack Yuan - IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Data Storage Device Technology Award; and Drs. Chia-Ling Chien, Robert Fontana and Burkard Hillebrands as the 2005 IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturers. A special recognition was also extended to Ms. Diane Melton of Courtesy Associates for her valuable and enduring contributions to the IEEE Magnetics Society for more than twenty-six years.

San Diego proved to be a great venue. Occasional blue skies and comfortable outdoor temperatures blended with “Gray May” weather of Southern California. The weather and the cozy conference venue turned out to be ideal for promoting personal interactions and networking among the conference attendees.

In closing, I would like to thank the large number of people who selflessly shared their time, effort and intellect in bringing this event into fruition. I am particularly grateful to the members of the Management Committee: Bruce Terris, Shan Wang, Robert Shull, Petru Andrei, Doug Lavers, Jan-Ulrich Thiele, Charles Krafft and Liesl Folks, and to the Courtesy Associates staff. A special thanks to all Program Committee members, Session Chairs, manuscript reviewers and all those who made this conference a huge success.

Romel D. Gomez
General Chair
University of Maryland, College Park

Pictures Of INTERMAG 2006 To Remember





Student Travel Awards

Awardee’s Reports

International Magnetics Conference, San Diego, California, May 8-12, 2006


I would like to thank to the organizers of INTERMAG 2006 for the invitation to present a paper as a poster and to have a great opportunity to visit San Diego. For me the conference was a most interesting experience because I met during the conference very nice people and profited from some very good contributions.

By my opinion the IEEE Magnetics Society travel grants provide a great opportunity for the students to present their contributions and also for meeting new people working in the same field.

During the Conference I received good help from Petru Andrei who is also Romanian and he suggested that I enroll as a Student Member into IEEE for 2006.

During my presentation of the poster I received encouragement to continue my study concerning the MagnetoStatic wave devices and some suggestions about the future perspective in this field.

Alina before her presentation     

It is indeed a privilege for a student to attend an international conference and make an oral presentation. And it was my greater honor to have been awarded a grant to make this possible. My interest is high frequency properties in magnetic materials with an emphasis on magnetic recording media. The number of talks and symposia on this subject was impressive. At the same time, I enjoyed attending talks in sessions emphasizing other fields.

The symposia and tutorials that were organised was excellent. Of course, as is the case with any conference, there were some talks which were quite soporific! One extremely interesting symposium was the one on data storage devices. The competition between HDD and solid state devices from the point of view of the experts in the field was quite illuminating. The chairs of the various sessions ranged in their energy and enthusiasm. I suppose I was lucky to be in the session chaired by D. Manuel Vazquez, who is a balanced and energetic person!

There was an interesting array of exhibitors from the industry which gave an excellent connection for the students to the real world. This is true especially after having used instruments from some of these companies, like Lake Shore Cryotronics for example.
The arrangements made at the conference, be it for oral or poster presentations, or the exhibitor pavilion or bierstube and coffee, were all excellent. However, in this age when communication is extremely important, the internet service was conspicious by its absence. Some activities other than the bierstube, meant for an informal interaction between the students and the experts in the fields would have been welcome.

The energy and the spirit in San Diego, with its Pacific and the bay shores, made the choice of San Diego extremely good for this conference in spring. An evening in San Diego Old Town is a must do. Great Mexican cuisine and huge margaritas made for a complete experience!

As a student, finishing her PhD, it was encouraging and motivating to meet with experts in the field and also see that the number of women physicists is on the rise. All in all, it was a wonderful experience. It requires a conference like this to convince one, that one's work in a tiny portion of the vast field of physics, definitely does go a long way in making this world a smaller and better place.

Sangita Kalarickal
Physics Department
Colorado State University
Fort Collins CO 80523
Phone: (970)491 7228
Fax: (970) 491 7947

The 2006 Intermag conference was held at the Town & Country Resort Hotel in San Diego, California from 8th to 12th of May. I had a poster presentation a entitled ‘Incoherent Reversal in Metal Particle Media’, which was about measurements that we had done to determine reversal processes in metal particles used in tape storage media.

I travelled to San Diego on Saturday 6th May with James Dutson (a lecturer at York) and we flew from Manchester, with a connecting flight at Atlanta. We were checked into a twin room at the hotel when we arrived, feeling extremely tired after 24 hours of travelling. However, the view from our balcony was a slight disappointment – looking directly at a brick wall. If you looked to the far right you could just see a bit of the pool, a couple of palm trees and the nearby highway. What a wonderful view!

The first day was a free day before the conference began, so we went into downtown San Diego on the local trolley service. The first stop was to go and look around San Diego’s Old Town, where there was a Mexican Fiesta taking place. The next stop was at the decommissioned aircraft carrier, USS Midway, which was moored in San Diego’s harbour and was open as a tourist attraction. It was a very interesting visit with some of the tour guides being retired naval officers and pilots who had real life experiences from working on the ship. One of them gave a talk about the processes for launching and landing the aircraft, which was very awe inspiring.

The conference was interesting and varied with an emphasis towards recording devices and recording media. One of the highlights for me was a particularly interesting symposium on ‘Data Storage Devices in 10 years: HDD or solid state?’ It was a morning of invited talks about new types of recording media, ranging from perpendicular media, which is just going into production now, through to HAMR (heat assisted magnetic recording) and patterned media. All of this was looking at how to further drive the data density towards the goal of 1 terabit per square inch. These talks were then followed by some talks about solid-state ‘flash’ memory devices. It was very interesting to see how the development in the flash industry was going and where the limitations lie. There was also an excellent plenary talk given by Mark Kryder, from Seagate Technology, about the magnetic recording industry, which highlighted the possible new types of media that could replace perpendicular media when it reaches its data density limit.

Closer to my own area, there was a symposium on synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles. This was a very interesting session, which included some talks about methods for the production of monodisperse iron platinum nanoparticles in the L10 phase. This has continued to be a very large problem for chemists and physicists alike, but once it has been achieved looks to become a very promising candidate for future recording media due to its tendency to self-organise into regular arrays.

I will conclude by saying that it was an interesting and worthwhile trip, and I would like to thank the IEEE magnetics society for the travel grant. The only disappointment was the complete lack of sunshine for the entire week!

Sam Chadwick
Magnetism & Magnetic Materials Research Group
Department of Physics
The University of York


INTERMAG 2006 was my first conference experience. It was great to meet researchers and engineers, scholars from all around the world, sharing their experience and work. I learned a lot and it was the opportunity for me to be in contact and meet people I only heard of. I especially appreciated the organisation, from the beginning with the submission of my paper abstract to the end with the availability of the all the members on site and afterwards. Their enthusiasm made it so much easier for everyone. Finally, I really enjoyed the location, San Diego and the Town and Country Resort were great!

Christophe del Perugia
Hamilton, June 1st 2006


The Intermag 2006 conference was an excellent experience. There were three major aspects of my experience at the conference that are important to note. The first was that I was able to listen to a wide variety of talks on different aspects of magnetism and magnetic materials. This gave me valuable information on what industries were looking for when it comes to magnetic materials and where my work at Colorado State University fits into the larger picture. Secondly, in talking to other researchers I was able to formulate new ideas on how high power ferromagnetic resonance on metal films should progress and what films are of interest. Lastly, it was a perfect opportunity to find out what kinds of jobs are available in the field of magnetics and to meet people in industry and academia who may have positions open when I graduate. All-in-all I found the conference a very enjoyable and useful experience.

Heidi Olson
Colorado State University


Thanks to the student travel grant of the IEEE Magnetics Society I was able to participate to this very interesting and useful conference.

I have made an oral presentation (AD-02) and a poster presentation (FX-04). These two works represent a sort of summary of the theoretical researches I did during my Ph.D. studies. The topics of my studies are basically on nonlinear magnetization dynamics, in particular magnetization switching and magnetization dynamics driven by spin-polarized currents.

Besides, during the conference I had the possibility to meet other researchers and I discussed with them about our studies to eventually start some collaborations.

Definitely, this was one of the best conference I have attended.

I would like to thank the IEEE Magnetics Society for this student travel award.


Roberto Bonin
Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Torino (ITALIA)