Professor Xuemei Cheng has received a CAREER award for her proposal “Magnetic Bubble Dynamics in Nanodisks with Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy ” from the National Science Foundation starting June 01, 2011. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Cheng’s research interests lie in the area of nanomagnetism, a particularly exciting area of research due to its fundamental role in physics as well as its potential technological applications. The development of advanced nanotechnology enables the manipulation of materials at the nanoscale to realize new functionality.
In her NSF CAREER proposal, Cheng plans to design, fabricate and study novel magnetic nanodisks with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. This will be accomplished by employing the most advance tools of experimental science: nanofabrication, high-resolution magnetic imaging, time-resolved synchrotron x-ray imaging with high temporal and spatial resolutions, and micromagnetic simulations. This research is expected to provide a new understanding of spin dynamics in nanomagnets, shed light on a variety of fundamental physics topics in nanomagnetism, and widen the scope for dynamical experiments in nanomagnets.