Other Manchester events

Spotlighting Wonder Materials

Past event - 2017
17 May Doors: 6.30pm
Event: 7pm - 10pm
Terrace, 43 Thomas St,
Manchester M4 1NA
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A new field of nanotechnology called “spintronics”, which deals with the spin of electron instead of its charge, could be the key element for the development of ultrafast supercomputers. Join us to hear about what role graphene, the wonder material discovered in Manchester, has been playing in this field over the last decade. Our journey to the nano-world will proceed with learning about research with ultrafast lasers, allowing us to probe the properties of the novel 2D materials. Please note that this event takes places on the first floor and is not accessible for those with impaired mobility...

Blink and you’ll miss it

Dr. Patrick Parkinson (Lecturer in Photonic Materials)
Over the past 200 years, scientists have developed tools to observe nature on the shortest timescales. Since the 90’s, the advent of ultrafast lasers have allowed insight into processes which occur in less than 0.000000000001s, a timescale on which quantum mechanics defines behaviour and light moves less than the width of a human hair. I will speak about how these techniques give us insight into the most important chemical process of all – photosynthesis – and how we can probe the electronic workings of novel 2D nanomaterials for next-generation devices.

Present and future of spintronics

Dr. Ivan Vera-Marun (Lecturer in Condensed Matter Physics)
The next generation of computers may use the "spin" of electrons instead of their charge. Mainstream electronics are only based on the charge of the electron. A new and rapidly evolving field at the interface between magnetism and electronics, known as spintronics, attempts to manipulate these spins to make them capable of carrying data and to provide new capabilities and functionalities. We will learn how the wonder material from Manchester, graphene, has resulted in major developments in spintronics and provide a perspective of what the future of this exciting field will bring.