Mesoscale magnetism

Axel Hoffmann, Helmut Schultheiß

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Magnetic interactions give rise to a surprising amount of complexity due to the fact that both static and dynamic magnetic properties are governed by competing short-range exchange interactions and long-range dipolar coupling. Even though the underlying dynamical equations are well established, the connection of magnetization dynamics to other degrees of freedom, such as optical excitations, charge and heat flow, or mechanical motion, make magnetism a mesoscale research problem that is still wide open for exploration. Synthesizing magnetic materials and heterostructures with tailored properties will allow to take advantage of magnetic interactions spanning many length-scales, which can be probed with advanced spectroscopy and microscopy and modeled with multi-scale simulations. This review highlights some of the current basic research topics in mesoscale magnetism, which beyond their fundamental science impact are also expected to influence applications ranging from information technologies to magnetism based energy conversion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-263
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Magnetic soliton
  • Magnetomechanical coupling
  • Magnonics
  • Optical magnetization switching
  • Permanent magnet
  • Spin Hall effect
  • Spin caloritronics
  • Spin texture
  • Spin transfer torque

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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