Beach Group

Laboratory for Nanomagnetism and Spin Dynamics


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.
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.
Kai Litzius |
Kai joined the group in May 2019, after receiving his Ph.D. in physics from University of Mainz, Germany. During his time as a graduate student he specialized on X-ray microscopy of magnetic thin films, especially scanning transmission X-ray microscopy of multilayered skyrmion stacks. He is currently working on current-driven dynamics of magnetic domains in ferrimagnetic materials (synchrotron based) and the manipulation of DMI in multilayered ferrimagnetic films (Brillouin light scattering).
Angela Wittmann |
Angela received her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Cambridge, UK in 2019. During her graduate studies, her research focused on organic spintronics. She joined Prof. Beach’s group in August 2019 and is currently interested in spin transport phenomena in ferrimagnetic and antiferromagnetic thin films.
Jonas Zehner |
Jonas is a visiting PhD student from the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden. He joined the Beach group in Spring 2019 and his research focuses on altering magnetic properties on the nanoscale by ionic motion.
Graduate students
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.
Alexandra Churikova |
Alexandra Churikova joined the Beach Group in Fall 2016 after receiving her B.S. in Physics and Mathematics at MIT. Her interest is in electrical detection and imaging of current-driven dynamics of magnetic structures influenced by anisotropic exchange interaction.
Sara Sheffels |
Sara received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and her M.S. in Applied Physics from Stanford University. She joined the Beach group in January 2018. Her work explores ionic movement in thin films for nanoscale energy storage.
Daniel Suzuki |
Daniel received his B.S. in Materials Science and NanoEngineering from Rice University in 2018. He joined the Beach group in the Fall of 2018. His current work explores domain wall dynamics in magnetic thin films.
Siying Huang |
Siying received her B.S. in Physics from Fudan University in 2018. She joined the Beach group in the Fall of 2018. She is currently interested in domain wall motion in magnetic thin films and DMI in garnet systems.
Muhammad Usama Hasan |
Usama received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2015 and 2018 respectively. He started his PhD program at MIT in the Fall of 2018 and joined the Beach group in April 2019. He has previously worked on multiferroic materials and is currently interested in investigating voltage gated devices utilizing ion movement as well as nanoscale energy storage.
Undergraduate students
Pooja Reddy |
Pooja is an undergraduate student pursuing her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at MIT (Class of 2020). She joined the Beach group in the Fall of 2018, and is currently interested in growth and characterization of magnetic thin films such as synthetic antiferromagnets.
Group Alumni
  Lucas Caretta |
  Jason Bartell |
  Ivan Lemesh |
  Aik Jun Tan |
  Can Onur Avci |
  Max Mann |
  Sarah Schlotter |
  Kohei Ueda |
  Parnika Agrawal |
  Min ae Ouk |
  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 |