Vincent Sokalski

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011

Our research is focused on the exploration of novel magnetic & spintronic materials for memory, logic, and HDD storage applications. We concentrate on the development of thin films & nanoscale devices that will enable improved energy efficiency, non-volatility, and scalability to ever-decreasing dimensions. Current research efforts include crystallographic & microstructural characterization of perpendicular magnetic recording media, materials for spin hall effect devices, spin transfer torque magneto-resistive random access memory (STT-MRAM), and magnetic interactions in soft nanogranular composite thin films.

Most Cited Publications: 
  1. "Optimization of Ta thickness for perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction applications in the MgO-FeCoB-Ta system," Vincent Sokalski, Matthew T. Moneck, En Yang, and Jian-Gang Zhu, Appl. Phy. Lett. 101, 072411 (2012)
  2. "Experimental modeling of intergranular exchange coupling for perpendicular thin film media," Vincent Sokalski, David E. Laughlin, and Jian-Gang Zhu, Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 102507 (2009)
  3. "Noise Mechanisms in Small Grain Size Perpendicular Thin Film Media," J. G. Zhu, V. Sokalski, Y. Wang and D. E. Laughlin, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics 47, 74 (2011)
  4. "Characterization of Oxide Materials for Exchange Decoupling in Perpendicular Thin Film Media," V. M. Sokalski, J. G. Zhu and D. E. Laughlin, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics 46, 2260 (2010)
  5. "Magnetic anisotropy and stacking faults in Co and Co84Pt16epitaxially grown thin films," Vincent Sokalski, David E. Laughlin, and Jian-Gang Zhu,  J. Appl. Phys. 110, 093919 (2011)
Recent Publications: 
  1. "Dispersive stiffness of Dzyaloshinskii domain walls," J. P. Pellegren, D. Lau, and V. SokalskiPhys. Rev. Lett. Just Accepted
  2. "Increased boron content for wider process tolerance in perpendicular MTJs," J. P. Pellegren, M. Furuta, V. Sundar, Y. Liu, J.-G. Zhu, and V. SokalskiAIP Advances 7, 055901 (2017)
  3. "Magnetization dynamics and damping behavior of Co/Ni multilayers with a graded Ta capping layer," M. Jaris, D. Lau, V. Sokalski, and H. Schmidt, Jour. of Appl. Phys. 121, 163903 (2017)
  4. "Nonlocal stiffness governing Dzyaloshinskii domain wall mobility," Price Pellegren, Derek Lau, Vincent SokalskiarXiv:1609.04386
  5. "Enhancement of Thermal Conductance at Metal-Dielectric Interfaces Using Subnanometer Metal Adhesion Layer," Minyoung Jeong, Justin P Freedman, Hongliang Joe Liang, Cheng-Ming Chow, Vincent M Sokalski, James A Bain, Jonathan A Malen, Phys. Rev. Applied 5, 014009 (2016)

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