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Nanoscale Magnetic Materials


NIST Center for Neutron Research

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50.61.01.B1993 Gaithersburg, MD

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.


Name E-mail Phone
Borchers, Julie A. 301.975.6597
Kirby, Brian J 301.975.8395
Majkrzak, Charles F. 301.975.5251


Research focuses on structural properties and magnetic ordering in magnetic semiconductor, transition metal-, transition-metal oxide and/or rare-earth thin-film multilayers, patterned arrays, and nanoparticles with possible technological applications such as magnetic recording and cancer therapy. These materials are studied using both unpolarized and polarized beam neutron scattering techniques including reflectivity, SANS (small angle neutron scattering), and triple-axis spectroscopy. Current topics of interest include, but are not limited to, interparticle interactions among ferromagnetic nanoparticles, interfacial effects in multiferroics, depth-dependent anisotropy in perpendicular storage prototypes, exchange biasing in magnetic multilayers, and magnetic domain formation in buried magnetic layers. Results are correlated with models of the magnetic coupling, proximity effects, coherence range of the magnetism, finite size effects, effects of magnetostriction and anisotropy, and electronic effects.


Magnetic nanoparticles; Patterned structures: Magnetic semiconductors; Neutron scattering; Polarization (spin alignment); Transition metals; Transition-metal oxides and perovskites; Neutron reflectivity; Exchange coupling;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$72,750.00 $3,000.00
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