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EU grant for the research on terahertz magnetic memories

European research project coordinated by the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences was selected in a fierce competition within the Future and Emerging Technologies program that is part of the Excellence pillar of the Framework Programme Horizon 2020. The project ASPIN is based on a work published last year in Science which opened a new research and development direction towards ultrafast and energy efficient memories based on so called antiferromagnets. Besides the Institute of Physics and the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University, the project team members include three German Max Planck Institutes in Berlin, Dresden and Halle and the University of Mainz, the University of Nottingham in the UK, and the Spanish SME IGSresearch Ltd. It is a four-year project with a total grant amount of 3.7 M€.

Schematic principle of an antiferromagnetic memory with electrical readout and switching between distinct antiferromagnetic memory states.


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