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March 1st, 2007

Innovative Interfacing

A University of Arkansas physics professor and his colleagues have created a nanoscale structure that contains both magnetic and superconducting properties at the same time, and they will be exploring the properties of this novel material this summer in Switzerland.

Jacques Chakhalian and his colleagues at the Max Planck Institute in Germany and the University of Grenoble and the National Center for Scientific Research, both in France, have been awarded research time and financial support over the next two years at Swiss Light Source at the Paul Scherrer Institut - the most advanced synchrotron light source in the world. In 2006, they published a paper in Nature Physics documenting novel properties at the interface between a superconductor, known as YBCO, and a ferromagnet, known as LCMO. Their results showed an interplay between ferromagnetism and superconductivity that had never been documented before.


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