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Vincent Sokalski

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

Vincent Sokalski received his B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh and his M.S. and Ph.D from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) both in Materials Science and  Engineering. Following his graduate work, he spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, still at CMU, and finally joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University in 2013. 


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.


Title Position Email
Derek Lau Graduate Student
Maxwell Li Graduate Student
Most Cited Publications

"Optimization of Ta thickness for perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction applications in the MgO-FeCoB-Ta system." Vincent Sokalski, Matthew T Moneck, En Yang, Jian-Gang Zhu. Applied Physics Letters.
"Energetic molding of chiral magnetic bubbles." Derek Lau, Vignesh Sundar, Jian-Gang Zhu, Vincent Sokalski. Physical review B.
"Experimental modeling of intergranular exchange coupling for perpendicular thin film media." Vincent Sokalski, David E Laughlin, Jian-Gang Zhu. Applied physics letters.
"Dispersive stiffness of Dzyaloshinskii domain walls." JP Pellegren, Derek Lau, Vincent Sokalski. Physical review letters.
"Experimental demonstration of four-terminal magnetic logic device with separate read-and write-paths." DM Bromberg, MT Moneck, VM Sokalski, J Zhu, L Pileggi, J-G Zhu. 2014 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting.

Recent Publications

"Formation of zero-field Skyrmion arrays in asymmetric superlattices." Maxwell Li, Anish Rai, Ashok Pokhrel, Arjun Sapkota, Claudia Mewes, Tim Mewes, Marc De Graef, Vincent Sokalski. arXiv preprint arXiv:1911.03578.
"Stabilization of coupled Dzyaloshinskii domain walls in fully compensated synthetic anti-ferromagnets." Nisrit Pandey, Maxwell Li, Marc De Graef, Vincent Sokalski. arXiv preprint arXiv:1910.11421.
"Lorentz TEM Imaging of Topological Magnetic Features in Asymmetric [Pt/(Co/Ni)M/Ir]N based Multi-Layers." Maxwell Li, Derek Lau, Marc De Graef, Vincent Sokalski. Microscopy and Microanalysis.
"Lorentz TEM investigation of chiral spin textures and Néel Skyrmions in asymmetric multi-layer thin films." Maxwell Li, Derek Lau, Marc De Graef, Vincent Sokalski. Physical Review Materials.
"Magnetic domain wall skyrmions." Ran Cheng, Maxwell Li, Arjun Sapkota, Anish Rai, Ashok Pokhrel, Tim Mewes, Claudia Mewes, Di Xiao, Marc De Graef, Vincent Sokalski. Physical Review B.