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Booting up spin-based device studies

August 15, 2016

Summer Scholar Grant Smith works to establish parameters for making ferromagnetic thin films in the Luqiao Liu lab.

Summer Scholar Grant Smith looks into a sputter deposition chamber, where he makes ultrathin films -- from 2 to 10 nanometers thick -- of magnetic materials suitable for spin-based electronics such as those used in computer memory systems. He is working under MIT Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Luqiao Liu. Smith's summer project involves growing the films, making experimental device prototypes, and measuring their properties.

Photo: Denis Paiste/Materials Processing Center

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