Teraferroics for ultra-high capacity, speed and energy-efficiency of information technology (TERAFIT)

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The research in TERAFIT project will focus on the development of applications that are essential for the Internet of Things and the Big Data economy. The aim is to achieve breakthroughs towards a new generation of information technologies – the three research objectives of the project focus on interconnected breakthroughs that will lead to substantial savings on energy, space and time scales.

The scientists involved in TERAFIT have recently introduced antiferromagnets and altermagnets into the global research and development of IT fundamentals, and the team has extensive expertise in ferroelectrics and multiferroics, advanced characterisation methods and THz technologies.

"In the recent past, our discoveries have kick-started new directions in global research into new physics and materials principles for highly scalable and energy-efficient IT components. With this project, we now have the chance to maintain our leading role in the years to come and coordinate a number of international activities in this rapidly developing area of IT research and development," says Tomáš Jungwirth, TERAFIT project coordinator.

The researchers' original approach is based on teraferous IT, which leaves the realm of conventional silicon-MOS and ferromagnetic IT behind and gets beyond the current state of scientific knowledge in many research disciplines, from quantum physics of matter phases, materials chemistry and artificially prepared and self-organized nanostructures, to nanoelectronics and spintronics, to magnonics, THz photonics and ultrafast laser optics.

The project investigators are from three leading Czech research institutions – the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Charles University and Brno University of Technology.