SM-MESH - Superconductivity and Magnetism – Material Engineering by Swift Heavy ions

Specific mission

Study of the electromagnetic properties of superconductors and magnetic materials and their modulation by means of irradiation with high energy particles. This study is aimed at fundamental research as well as at applications, in the fields of electromagnetic-field detection and of spintronics. Study, characterization and modelling of superconducting and hybrid ferromagnetic/superconducting structures for applications in spintronics, magnetic shielding and electric power. Analysis of the radiation hardness of superconductors, conductors and insulators for applications in harsh environment. 

Main research Topics

  • Study of the vortex dynamics in non conventional superconductors by means of magnetic, magneto-optical and microwave techniques
  • Modulation of the properties of superconductors, magnetic materials and oxides by means of particle irradiation aiming at the development of devices for electromagnetic signal detections.
  • Study of the radiation hardness of superconductors, oxides and glass-ceramics for applications in radiation harsh environment
  • Development of magnets and magnetic shields made of superconducting/ferromagnetic materials
  • Study of the properties of magnetic materials and superconducting/ferromagnetic heterostructures for spintronics applications
  • Study of the electromagnetic properties of magnetic micro and nano-particles for localized medical therapies
  • Study of fundamental properties of multi-band unconventional superconductors (penetration depth, energy gap, order parameter symmetry) by microwave techniques
  • Development of a scanning near-field microwave microscope for surface impedance mapping

Main partnerships

  • Gruppo GLANCE (Group: Glasses Ceramics and Composites), DISAT, Politecnico di Torino
  • C. Ragusa, M. Chiampi Group: Theory and Fundamental of Electrical Engineering, DENERG, Politecnico di Torino
  • L. Mesin Group: Mathematical Biology and Physiology, DET, Politecnico di Torino
  • E. Monticone, C. Portesi - Gruppo “Dispositivi quantistici e campione di tensione”, INRIM
  • V. Basso, M. Kuepferling – Gruppo “Proprietà elettromagnetiche della materia”, INRIM
  • A. Manzin – Gruppo “Modelli matematici e applicazioni a materiali e dispositivi”, INRIM
  • M. Truccato (Dipartimento di Fisica), A. Agostino (Dipartimento di Chimica) - Università degli Studi di Torino
  • M. Putti - Dipartimento di Fisica dell’Università degli Studi di Genova
  • V. Braccini, CNR-SPIN (SuPerconductors, oxides and other INnovative materials and devices), Genova
  • G. Pepe (Dipartimento di Fisica), C. Serpico (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica e delle Tecnologie dell’Informazione) - Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”, Napoli
  • E. Silva – Dipartimento di Ingegneria, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Roma
  • P. Carretta - Dipartimento di Fisica dell’Università di Pavia
  • S. Lupi – Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”
  • G. Grimaldi, S. Pace – Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Salerno
  • R. Cherubini – INFN-Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Legnaro (Pd)
  • A. Rovelli – INFN-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Catania
  • A. Wisniewski, P. Przyslupski - Division of Physics of Magnetism, Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw (Poland)
  • W. Kwok, Material Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago (U.S.A.)
  • R. Wordenweber, Functional Oxides Group, Institute of Complex Systems, Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany)
  • T. Tamegai, Department of Applied Physics, The University of Tokyo (Japan)
  • G. Mikitik, B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics & Engineering, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Kharkov (Ukraine)
  • P. Bernstein, J. Noudem, CRISMAT/LUSAC, Physics Department, Université de Caen (France)
  • J.-G. Caputo, Laboratoire de Mathématiques, INSA de Rouen, Saint-Etienne du Rouvray (France)
  • S.K. Remillard, Department of Physics, Hope College, Holland (U.S.A.)
  • F. Gomory, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Slovak Academy of Science, Bratislava (Slovakia)
  • J. Albrecht, Aalen University, Aalen (Germania)
  • S. Ruoss, Max Planck Institute, Stoccarda (Germania)

Projects and publications

Reference laboratories

PhD, Post-docs and Grant researchers