Beach Group

Laboratory for Nanomagnetism and Spin Dynamics

People

Principal investigator
Geoff Professor Geoffrey Beach |
Before coming to MIT, Professor Geoffrey Beach worked in UCSD's Center for Magnetic Recording Research and later went on to the University of Texas at Austin as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physics and the Texas Materials Institute. His group focuses on spin dynamics and “spin-electronics” in nanoscale magnetic materials and devices.
Postdocs
Kohei Ueda |
Kohei Ueda received his Ph.D. in department of science from Kyoto University in 2014. His graduate studies focused on the current-driven magnetic domain wall dynamics in ferromagnetic nanowire. He joined the Beach group as a postdoctoral research associate in January 2015. His current research interest is understanding fundamental physics of spin-orbit torque as a function of temperature.
Felix Buettner |
Felix received his Ph.D. in physics from University of Mainz, Germany, in 2013. His graduate studies focused on the investigation of the gyrotropic motion of magnetic skyrmions using ultra high resolution X-ray holography dynamic imaging. He joined the Beach group after working in industry in October 2015. His current research interest is the investigation of the current-driven propagation of magnetic skyrmions in nanowires and the development of materials to make such a motion fully repeatable.
Can Onur Avci |
Can received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland in 2015. His graduate studies focused on the current-induced spin-orbit torque, magnetothermal and magnetoresistive effects in ferromagnetic heterostructures. He joined the Beach group as a postdoctoral research associate in February 2016. Currently he is interested in probing the current-induced spin-orbital effects in normal-metal/ferromagnetic insulator and ferromagnet/topological insulator systems by means of electrical and optical detection methods.
Graduate students
Parnika Agrawal |
Parnika Agrawal received her B.Tech. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. She started the PhD program in DMSE and joined the Beach Group in Fall 2012. Her work involves characterising domain wall motion in magnetic nano-wires for application in high-performance solid-state magnetic memory devices.
Min ae Ouk |
Minae received her Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science Engineering from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in 2009. She started her PhD program in Materials Science and Engineering at MIT in September 2012, and joined the Beach group in November 2012. Her current research topic involves domain wall motion for applications in biosensor technology.
Aik Jun Tan |
Aik Jun received his Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. He started his PhD program at MIT in September 2013 and joined the Beach group in November 2013. His current work involves understanding effects of ionic movement on magnetic properties.
Lucas Caretta |
Lucas received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2013. He joined Prof. Beach’s group in the Fall of 2013. He is currently interested in electrical measurements of current-induced switching in perpendicular magnetized thin films using the Spin Hall Effect.
Max Mann |
Max earned a BS in Materials Science from MIT in 2012. He entered the PhD track and joined the Beach group in the fall of 2013 to investigate current-induced domain wall motion in thin films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy.
Sarah Schlotter |
Sarah earned her B.A. in Physics from Carleton College in 2012. She started her PhD program in Applied Physics at Harvard University that fall and later joined the Beach group in the spring of 2014. Her work focuses on characterization of chiral domain wall dynamics.
Ivan Lemesh |
Ivan received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Applied Physics and Mathematics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He started his PhD program at MIT and joined the Beach group in Fall 2014. His current work involves exploring of interface-driven chiral magnetism in ultrathin films.
Mantao Huang |
Mantao received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2014. He joined Prof. Beach's group in the Fall of 2014. He is currently interested in exploring property switching by ionic movement.
Sasha Churikova |
Sasha Churikova joined the Beach Group in the spring of 2015 as a senior in physics and mathematics at MIT. She is interested in the dynamics of magnetic structures influenced by anisotropic exchange interaction and driving fields.
Past members
  Chi-Feng Pai |
  Seonghoon Woo |
  Uwe Bauer |
  Elizabeth Rapoport |
  Satoru Emori |
  Sung-Min Ahn |
  Nicholas Whiteway |
  Elie Nadal |
  CK Umachi |
  Tristan Delaney |
  Dan Montana |
  Jonathan Fischer |
  Helia Jalili |
  Stephen Salinas |
  Greg Steinbrecher |