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DSSC Researchers To Present at MMM 2008

November 11, 2008

The Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC) will have a strong showing this week at the 53rd Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM 2008), where more than 10 DSSC-affiliated faculty and students will present their latest research. The conference, held through Nov. 14 in Austin, Texas, annually brings together scientists and engineers interested in recent developments in all branches of fundamental and applied magnetism. Emphasis is placed on experimental and theoretical research in magnetism, the properties and synthesis of new magnetic materials, and advances in magnetic technology.

With a draw of more than a thousand attendees each year, the Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials is the biggest international event of its kind. As one of the three most important annual gatherings for magnetic data storage technology research, the conference has featured first reports of numerous important discoveries and inventions, including giant magnetoresistive phenomena — last year's winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Each year, the conference features multiple symposia in addition to regular sessions. This year's schedule includes a Symposium on Microwave Assisted Magnetization Reversal, in which ABB Professor of Engineering and DSSC Director Jimmy Zhu will deliver an invited talk.

Other faculty members scheduled to present at MMM 2008 include Materials Science and Engineering Professor Katayun Barmak, Physics Professor Emeritus Luc Berger, and Physics Professor Sara Majetich. Additionally, Materials Science Professor Michael McHenry is serving as the conference's publications chair.

DSSC-affiliated Graduate students slated to give talks include Ryan Booth (physics), Eric Evarts (physics), Charles Hogg (physics), Wen-Chin Lin (electrical and computer engineering), Jeong-Heon Park (materials science and engineering), Soyoung Park (materials science and engineering), Yiming Wang (electrical and computer engineering), and Hua Yuan (materials science and engineering).

The DSSC will also sponsor a reception for its alumni, many of whom will attend the conference, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

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