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Two-photon lithography for 3D magnetic nanostructure fabrication

Williams, Gwilym, Hunt, Matthew, Boehm, Benedikt, May, Andrew, Taverne, Michael, Ho, Daniel, Giblin, Sean ORCID:, Read, Dan ORCID:, Rarity, John, Allenspach, Rolf and Ladak, Sam ORCID: 2018. Two-photon lithography for 3D magnetic nanostructure fabrication. Nano Research 11 (2) , pp. 845-854. 10.1007/s12274-017-1694-0

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Ferromagnetic materials have been utilized as recording media in data storage devices for many decades. The confinement of a material to a two-dimensional plane is a significant bottleneck in achieving ultra-high recording densities, and this has led to the proposition of three-dimensional (3D) racetrack memories that utilize domain wall propagation along the nanowires. However, the fabrication of 3D magnetic nanostructures of complex geometries is highly challenging and is not easily achieved with standard lithography techniques. Here, we demonstrate a new approach to construct 3D magnetic nanostructures of complex geometries using a combination of two-photon lithography and electrochemical deposition. The magnetic properties are found to be intimately related to the 3D geometry of the structure, and magnetic imaging experiments provide evidence of domain wall pinning at the 3D nanostructured junction.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1998-0124
Funders: EPSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 June 2017
Date of Acceptance: 27 May 2017
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2024 14:44

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