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.

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Lau, Derek Graduate Student
Li, Maxwell Graduate Student

Derek Lau

Graduate Student
5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA, 15213


Materials Science & Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Maxwell Li

Graduate Student
4301 Wean Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15213


Materials Science & Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
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. "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)
  4. Experimental demonstration of four-terminal magnetic logic device with separate read-and write-paths DM Bromberg, MT Moneck, VM Sokalski, J Zhu, L Pileggi, JG Zhu Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), 2014 IEEE International
  5. "Energetic molding of chiral magnetic bubbles," Vincent Sokalski, Derek Lau, Vignesh Sundar, and Jian-Gang Zhu,  Physical Review B, 94 060401 (2016)
Recent Publications
  1. "Towards simultaneous control of interlayer exchange coupling and the interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction in Ru-based synthetic antiferromagnets." Prudnikov, Aleksandr, Maxwell Li, Marc De Graef, and Vincent Sokalski. IEEE Magnetics Letters (2018).
  2. "Lorentz TEM investigation of chiral spin textures and N\'eel Skyrmions in asymmetric [Pt/(Co/Ni)M /Ir] N multi-layer thin films." Li, Maxwell, Derek Lau, Marc De Graef, and Vincent Sokalski. arXiv preprint arXiv:1811.02012 (2018).
  3. "Magnetic domain wall Skyrmions," Ran Cheng, Maxwell Li, Arjun Sapkota, Anish Rai, Ashok Pokhrel, Tim Mewes, Claudia Mewes, Di Xiao, Marc De Graef, and Vincent Sokalski, arXiv:1809.02730v1 (2018).
  4. "Disentangling factors governing Dzyaloshinskii domain wall creep in Co/Ni thin films using PtxIr1−x seedlayers," D. Lau, J.P. Pellegren, H.T. Nembach, J.M. Shaw, and V. SokalskiarXiv:1808.05520v1
  5. "Dispersive stiffness of Dzyaloshinskii domain walls," J. P. Pellegren, D. Lau, and V. SokalskiPhys. Rev. Lett. (2018).

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