5th Japan-EU Open Workshop on Heusler Alloy Replacement for Iridium

University of Konstanz, Germany aerial-view

University of Konstanz, Germany


The partners in the EU-funded HARFIR research project are pleased to announce that the 5th Japan-EU Open Workshop on Heusler Alloy Replacement for Iridium (‘HARFIR’) will take place on Monday, 30th May 2016 at the University of Konstanz in Konstanz, Germany. All interested parties are invited to attend.


The goal of the HARFIR project is to develop rare metal-free antiferromagnetic Heusler alloy films to replace antiferromagnetic IrMn films which have been widely used in spintronic devices, including read heads in hard disk drives.  The successful achievement of this goal demands a deep understanding of exchange bias effects and the magnetic properties of Heusler alloys.

This open workshop aims to bring together scientists working in the above mentioned fields. From the project members, recent progress in the investigation of antiferromagnetic Heusler alloy films will be reported. In addition, experts from outside the project have been invited to present their latest research relating to either Heusler compounds or exchange bias.

This workshop offers researchers the opportunity to discuss their results and exchange thoughts and ideas in a convivial atmosphere.

Invited speakers

The following distinguished scientists have been invited to give talks at the Workshop:

  • J. Kübler, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
  • M. Meinert, University Bielefeld, Germany
  • K. Takanashi, University of Tohoku, Japan
  • A. Hirohata, University of York, UK
  • K. O’Grady, University of York, UK
  • G. Reiss, University Bielefeld, Germany
  • L. Szunyogh, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
  • U. Nowak, University of Konstanz, Germany


9:30 Registration
10:00 Opening
10:15 “Heusler alloys for spintronic devices” – A. Hirohata, University of York
10:55 Coffee Break
11:10 “Spintronics with Heusler alloys: Spin dependent transport” – K. Takanashi, IMR, Tohoku University
11:50 “Spintronics with Heusler alloys: Perpendicularly magnetized films and exchange bias effects” – T. Kubota, IMR, Tohoku University
12:30 Lunch
13:30 “Magnetic structure of Ni2MnAl and CrVTiAl investigated by neutron diffraction” – K. Ono, KEK
14:10 “Heusler compounds for spintronic applications” – J. Balluff, University of Bielefeld
14:50 Coffee  Break
15:10 “Non-collinear antiferromagnets and the anomalous Hall effect” – J. Kübler, Technische Universität Darmstadt
15:50 “Exchange bias with antiferromagnetic MnN” – M. Meinert, University of Bielefeld
16:30 “Magnetism of MnN and MnN/Fe systems” – R. Yanes, University of Konstanz
17:10 Conclusion


The registration opens on Monday, 30th May 2016 at 9:30 am in room K07.
The scientific program starts at 10am and ends at 5pm.


There is no charge for attendance at the workshop, but participants must make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Official registration will take place at the Workshop.

The following hotels are close to the Konstanz main train station and are being used by workshop participants:

You can take a public bus to the University of Konstanz using lines 9A or 9B from the bus stop at the main train station or from the bus stop “Sternenplatz” (the closest bus stop to the Ibis hotel).  It takes about 15 min. A pdf timetable of the bus service can be downloaded.

The bus fare is €2.35 (single ticket) – you can pay it when you get into the bus.

We plan to have a conference dinner on 30th May at “Brauhaus Joh. Albrecht“, a typical German restaurant.


Prof. Dr. U. Nowak
Dr. R. Yanes-Díaz
Mrs. S. Fischer

University of Konstanz
Department of Physics
D-78457 Konstanz, Germany


Enquiries about the Workshop should be addressed to Rocío Yanes-Díaz.