University of Konstanz

University of Konstanz
The University of Konstanz (UKON) is a university in the city of Konstanz in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It was founded in 1966, and the main campus on the Gießberg was opened in 1972. The University is situated on the shore of Lake Constance just four kilometers from the Swiss border. The university is consistently ranked among the global top 200 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Over 10,000 students from close to 100 countries are enrolled at the university, while over 220 links to European partner universities and numerous exchange programmes facilitate global networking.

UKON is one of the eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany with a focus on natural and social sciences. The Department of Physics has intense activities in the area of solid state physics and, especially, nanophysics, parts of which are funded within the German Research Foundation through the Collaborative Research Center SFB767, “Controlled Nanosystems: Interaction and Interfacing to the Macroscale”.

The group of Prof. Dr. Nowak has a long lasting experience with theory and computer simulations of magnetic material properties, especially spintronics and spin dynamics, exchange bias and nanostructures.

The group has also worked on different aspects of multiscale modelling, an effort to link ab-initio calculations, spin model simulations, and large-scale micromagnetic methods. Research highlights include exchange bias in nano-structured compounds of antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic materials, multiscale modelling, ultrafast spin dynamics and spintronics. Project relevant numerical methods currently used in the applicant’s group include Monte Carlo simulations, numerical solutions of stochastic differential equations, and micromagnetic modelling. Modern and highly optimised computational approaches are provided to scale down the numerical effort. These calculations are currently performed on the high-performance computer cluster of the group (currently about 200 compute nodes).

UKON is to apply their calculation methods for the estimation of the exchange bias induced at the interface of the antiferromagnetic Heusler alloy and ferromagnetic layers. The parameters found by BME and the experimental partners are used for the establishment of realistic exchange bias calculations.

UKON will contribute its expertise in computational and theoretical physics, focusing on spin model calculations and multi-scale modelling. In strong collaboration with BME, spin models will be developed, investigated and compared to experiments performed in UNIBI, TOH and UoY, with that contributing to the understanding of the experiments as well as to the optimization of the Heusler alloys.