Content and goal of the research project
This project will install state-of-the-art microwave driving capabilities at the Paul Scherrer Institut’s (PSI) large-scale facilities. This will consist of a modular and portable system that can be used across PSI. The research applications are numerous, however within the scope of the project we will focus on two: magnonics and quantum materials/technologies.
The combination of microwave driving with the various x-ray sources available at PSI will be worldwide unique, and be a perfect compliment to more traditional means (lasers, magnetic field, temperature) of driving such systems.
Scientific and social context of the research project
The well-known ‘Moore’s law’ that has guided the development of faster and more compact computers over the last 50 years has, in the last 10 years, been supplemented with ‘Moore’s Gap’, a deviation from this law that highlights the fact that conventional Silicon based electronics are reaching the limits of their capabilities. If we wish to continue to develop faster, more powerful and more efficient computing devices we need to look for new physical concepts and technologies. To do this we must study and understand the dynamical properties of materials and devices on the very small length (nanometers) and very short time scales (femto-pico seconds) that this corresponds to. Quantum technologies, spintronics and magnonics are fields of research that try and do just this. Key to these fields is the ability to manipulate and drive materials and devices with microwave signals. This project will develop this capability at PSI ensuring its large-scale facilities can be fully exploited in the efforts to develop next generation technologies.