Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution (12,000 staff) dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. It encompasses an area that takes in everything from basic research to the transfer of knowledge to the productive sector. The Material Science Institute of Madrid [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM)] is an institute that belongs to the Area of Science and Technology of Materials, one of the eight areas in which the CSIC divides its research activities. The mission of ICMM is to create new fundamental and applied knowledge in materials of high technological impact, their processing and their transfer to the productive sectors at local, national and European scales. The involved researchers are part of the "Simulation of magnetic nanostructures" (MAGSIM) group. The MAGSIM group is one of the pioneers in the multiscale modelling of magnetic materials on different spatial and temporal scales, combing ab-initio, atomistic and micromagnetic models in one hierarchical model. The group has been also actively using ab-initio calculations, with special emphasis in the understanding of the magnetic properties at the atomic scale and the role of spin-orbit coupling. The group has a wide experience in the modelling of dynamics both at nanosecond and femto- pico-second timescale. The MAGSIM group has proposed the use of the Landau-Lifshitz-Bloch equation in the modelling of ultra-fast demagnetisation processes and compared it with the experiment in Ni and Gd. On the atomistic level, the MAGSIM group has developed the formalism of colored noise.


Role in the Network

CSIC will act as a work package Leader and in management of
parts of the work. They will develop macroscopic /multiscale models on classical and quantum level for ultra-fast demagnetisation process, incorporate the spin flip mechanisms, develop the Landau-Lifshitz-Bloch model for ferrimagnets, and the colored noise approach.

Members Involved in Femtospin

Dr. Oksana Chubykalo-Fesenko


Dr. Maria del Carmen Muñoz

Dr. Silvia Gallego


Publications Relevant to the Project

U. Atxitia et al. Phys. Rev. B 81, 174401 (2010) (read more).

U. Atxitia et al. Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 232507 (2007) (read more).

U. Atxitia et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 057203 (2009) (read more).

U. Atxitia et al. Phys. Rev. B 82, 134440 (2010) (read more).