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MLZ Conference: Neutrons for information and quantum technologies

Arabella Brauneck Hotel

Arabella Brauneck Hotel

Münchner Str. 25 83661 Lenggries
Peter Müller-Buschbaum (TU München, Physik-Department, LS Funktionelle Materialien), Stephan Förster (Forschungszentrum Jülich)

Pioneered by the Nobel Prize winning works from Bertram N. Brockhouse and Clifford G. Shull, neutron scattering has become an indispensible technique for the microscopic probe of magnetic order and excitations in magnetic materials, strongly correlated electron systems and unconventional superconductors. This has in turn helped to drive the developments in information technology in the past decades. Unsurprisingly, magnetism research with neutrons also represents one of the most active research fields at MLZ. The MLZ Conference 2019 intends to cover a wide range of emerging topics in magnetism, that are expected to bear high relevance to the advances of future information and quantum technologies, but meanwhile, are not being explored much by neutron techniques so far. This conference also intends to cover the relevant theories and simulation methods for quantum spin systems as well as new perspectives directly from the information technology industry. The main aim is to reach out the new user community and the new scientific directions, where neutrons would potentially play an important role.


  • Pfleiderer Christian
    • 12:30 PM
    • 1
      Speakers: Peter Müller-Buschbaum (TU München, Physik-Department, LS Funktionelle Materialien), Stephan Förster (Forschungszentrum Jülich)
    • Spin caloritronics
      • 2
        Spin Caloritronics with Magnetic Insulators

        Spin Caloritronics is the science and technology devoted to the control of the electron spin with heat in nanoscale structures and devices [1]. It is a subdiscipline of the fields of spintronics, magnetism, and thermoelectrics. A specialized conference series celebrates its 10th edition [2].
        Magnetic insulators, especially yttrium iron garnet (YIG), have been crucial material for spin caloritronics since the discovery of the spin Seebeck effect in the YIG|Pt system [3]. YIG is a ferrimagnet with record-high magnetic quality, but a complex crystal structure with a large unit cell. Inelastic neutron scattering experiments [4] interpreted by atomistic simulations [5] are essential for an understanding of spin caloritronic effects.
        I this talk I will review the field with emphasis on new developments.

        1. G.E.W. Bauer, E. Saitoh, and B. van Wees,
          Nature Mater. 11, 391-399 (2012).
        2. Spin Caloritronics X,Groningen (The Netherlands), May 20-24, 2019, spincal2019.webhosting.rug.nl
        3. K. Uchida et al., Nature Mat. 9, 894–897 (2010).
        4. A. J. Princep et al., npj Quantum Mater. 2, 63 (2017) and references therein.
        5. J. Barker and G.E.W. Bauer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 217201 (2016) and in preparation.
        Speaker: Prof. Gerrit Bauer (Tohoku University)
      • 3
        Mechanism of the Magnetocaloric Effect in the Mn5-xFexSi3 Series

        Due to potential energy savings for room temperature applications, the magnetocaloric effect (MCE) has attracted increasing interest in the past years. We have performed extensive studies of structure, magnetism, magnetocaloric effect and spin dynamics in the Mn5-xFexSi3 series of compounds [1-5]. While the magnetocaloric effect is moderate for these compounds, they are composed of abundant and non-toxic elements and can be grown as large single crystals. This allows us to perform inelastic neutron scattering studies of the spin and lattice dynamics thus giving insight into the microscopic mechanism of the MCE. For the compound MnFe4Si3 a strong response of the critical fluctuations has been detected and identified as an important feature connected to the MCE effect [4]. The compound Mn5Si3 exhibits an inverse magnetocaloric effect. Inelastic neutron scattering reveals that contrary to the intuitively expected behavior, the application of a magnetic field can induce additional spin fluctuations giving rise to an increase of the magnetic entropy. This mechanism provides a microscopic explanation of the inverse magnetocaloric effect [5].

        [1] M. Gottschlich et al; Journal of Materials Chemistry 22 (2012), 15275
        [2] O. Gourdon et al; Journal of Solid State Chemistry 216 (2014), 56
        [3] P. Hering et al; Chemistry of Materials 27 (2015), 7128
        [4] N. Biniskos et al; Physical Review B 96 (2017), 104407
        [5] N. Biniskos et al; Physical Review Letters 120 (2018), 257205

        Speaker: Thomas Brückel (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH)
    • 4:00 PM
    • Spin wave and magnonics
      • 4
        Magnon Transport in Spin Textures

        Magnonics is a concept using magnons - the collective excitation quanta of the spin system in magnetically ordered materials - as carriers for information. Magnons are waves of the electrons’ spin precessional motion. They propagate without charge transport and its associated Ohmic losses, paving the way for a substantial reduction of energy consumption in computers.
        The full potential of magnonics lies in the combination of magnons with nano-sized spin textures. Both magnons and spin textures share a common ground set by the interplay of dipolar, spin-orbit and exchange energies rendering them perfect interaction partners. Magnons are fast, sensitive to the spins’ directions and easily driven far from equilibrium. Spin textures are robust, non-volatile and still reprogrammable on ultrashort timescales.
        I will give an introduction about magnon propagation and manipulation in microstructures with non-collinear spin textures, in particular magnons propagating in nano channels formed by magnetic domain walls. Furthermore, I will address how magnons can be excited in domain wall channels by pure spin currents originating from the spin Hall effect and nonlinear effect in magnetic vortices.

        [1] K. Schultheiss, R. Verba, F. Wehrman et al.
        Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 097202 (2019)
        [2] K. Wagner, A. Kákay, K. Schultheiss et al.
        Nature Nanotech 11, 432 (2016).
        [3] K. Vogt, F. Y. Fradin, J. E. Pearson, et al.
        Nat Comms 5, 3727 (2014).

        Speaker: Prof. Schultheiss Helmut (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf)
      • 5
        Temporal evolution of magnon-magnon interaction in a magnetic vortex

        Brillouin light scattering microscopy (TR-μBLS) measurements on a Permalloy disk magnetized in the vortex state are presented. By applying a homogenous out-of-plane AC field with sufficiently large amplitudes it is possible to drive the spin waves in the nonlinear regime and initiate three- and four-magnon scattering processes.

        Time resolved µBLS is used to show that these pumping conditions cause cascades of different types of magnon-magnon interactions. It is shown, that the temporal transition of different scattering mechanisms can be tuned by the excitation frequency and amplitude.

        The authors acknowledge financial support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft within programme SCHU 2922/1-1.

        Speaker: Mr Tobias Hula (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf)
      • 6
        Magnetic fluctuations in the iron-based superconductors

        One of the most plausible scenario for the mechanism of the unconventional superconductivity is the magnetically-mediate Cooper pair. The iron-based superconductors are much known as an unconventional type, thus a number of inelastic neutron scattering studies were reported to evidence a strong relationship between the spin excitations and superconductivity. Here we present recent progress on spin excitation studies of the iron-based superconductors mainly performed on the thermal neutron three axes spectrometer PUMA at MLZ.

        Speaker: Jitae Park
      • 7
        Stripe discommensuration and spin dynamics in Pr3/2Sr1/2NiO4

        Inelastic neutron scattering studies on the magnetic excitation in a stripe-ordered Pr3/2Sr1/5NiO4 at 5K reveal that the magnetic incommensurability (ε = 0.4) as result of admixing stripe dicommensuration in the checkerboard matrix in NiO2 plane. A suggested linear spin-wave model accounting 3D-stripe discommensuration with two-fold exchange interactions between Ni2+ spins, provides a good agreement with the measured spin wave dispersion up to 64 meV, notably, to describe a slight symmetric shift of the broadened peak in the energy range from 35 to 45 meV. Our results indicate that discommensuration model is essential to consolidate in the LSWT calculation to understand the microscopic effect of doped holes to the spin microstructure.

        Speaker: Dr Rajesh Dutta (Institut für Kristallographie, RWTH Aachen University)
      • 8
        Precise magnetic structure of CeRhIn5 from neutron diffraction on absorption optimized samples.

        CeRhIn5 is a prototypical strongly correlated metal attracting much attention because of it peculiar magnetic and electronic properties. However, despite the intense studies two aspects of the ambient pressure magnetic structure of this heavy fermion material have remained under some debate since its discovery: whether the structure is indeed an incommensurate helix or a spin density wave, and what is the precise magnitude of the ordered magnetic moment. Contradictory results on this regard were reported in the literature. On the other side, the precise knowledge of the magnetic structure is an important prerequisite for the detailed theoretical modelling on the microscopic level. We suppose, that certain discrepancies in the previous results may be caused by the parasitic effects like strong absorption for the thermal neutrons by the elements like In or Rh and large sample sizes used in the precedent studies. By using a single crystal sample optimized for hot neutrons to minimize neutron absorption we performed a series of polarised and non-polarised neutron diffraction experiments clearly revealing both the helical type of the magnetic structure, and magnitude of the ordered moment of m = 0.54(2) μB. Moreover, studied macroscopic sample surprisingly presents a single chiral domain.

        Speaker: Vladimir Hutanu
    • 7:00 PM
    • 8:00 AM
    • 2D magnetic van der Waals materials
      • 9
        Magnetic Van der Waals materials: Discovery & Perspective

        There has been a huge increase of interests in two-dimensional van der Waals materials over the past ten years or so. Despite the impressive list of new materials and the novel physics it has come to offer, there is the conspicuous absence of one particular class of materials: magnetic van der Waals systems. It is certainly a sorry status of materials science given the huge impact the magnetic materials have had on both the fundamental understanding and the diverse applications. In this talk, I will identify and illustrate how we might be able to benefit from exploring these so-far neglected materials.

        [1] Je-Geun Park, J. Phys. Condens. Matter 28, 301001 (2016)
        [2] Jae-Ung Lee, et al., Nano Lett. 16, 7433 (2016)
        [3] Cheng-Tai Kuo, et al., Scientific Reports 6, 20904 (2016)
        [4] So Yeun Kim, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 136402 (2018)
        [5] Kenneth S. Burch, David Mandrus, and Je-Geun Park, Nature 563, 47 (2018)
        [6] Kangwon Kim, et al., Nature Communications 10, 345 (2019)

        Speaker: Prof. Je-Geun Park (Center for Correlatd Electron Systems, Institute for Basic Scienice (IBS) & Dep. of Physics and Astronomy, Seoul National University)
    • 10:00 AM
    • 1:00 PM
    • Novel rare-earth free permanent magnets
      • 14
        Magnetic Neutron Scattering Studies on Permanent Magnets

        Nd-Fe-B-based permanent magnets have been continuously investigated for the last three decades due to their technological relevance as materials used in energy-related applications (e.g., motors and wind turbines). A crucial issue is the understanding of the magnetization-reversal process, which eventually may result in the preparation of dysprosium and terbium-free Nd-Fe-B alloys with characteristic magnetic parameters (coercivity, remanence, maximum energy product) that guarantee their performance also at the high operating temperatures of motors (up to $200 \, ^{\circ}\mathrm{C}$). In order to achieve this goal, the combination of advanced characterization techniques such as aberration-corrected high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and three-dimensional atom-probe tomography with ab-initio calculations and numerical micromagnetic modeling is required. Indeed, recent studies along these lines have provided important information regarding the nature (chemical composition, crystalline structure, ferro- or paramagnetic) of the intergranular Nd-rich phases in Nd-Fe-B magnets (including nanocomposites), which decisively determine the coercivity mechanism of these materials. In this talk we will discuss how magnetic neutron scattering, specifically small-angle neutron scattering, can contribute to the understanding of the microstructure-property relationship of Nd-Fe-B magnets and we will give an outlook on rare-earth-free Mn-Bi magnets.

        Speaker: Andreas Michels (University of Luxembourg)
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dynamics of magnetic textures: domain walls, vortices and Skyrmions: Dynamics of quantum materials
      • 15
        Thermal Aspects in Quantum Materials – Phonon Lifetimes Investigated by Neutron Scattering

        Thermal management is a key aspect for future information technologies since non-volatile data storage and information processing in quantum circuits strongly rely on minimizing thermal decoherence effects. Among the successful strategies to control the coherence are rapid cooling and thermal isolation of quantum states, emphasizing the importance to engineer materials with very high or very low thermal conductivity. Computational materials design based on first-principle calculations holds a huge potential for identifying novel compounds with superior heat transport properties, and state-of-the-art ab initio methods, albeit based on approximations, allow to calculate wavevector-dependent relaxation rates for every phonon mode in the Brillouin zone. Exploiting the high energy resolution of inelastic neutron scattering, we have measured phonon lifetimes in the quantum paraelectric SrTiO3 which allows to benchmark the predictive power of quantum theoretical calculations. We discuss recent results obtained by neutron triple-axis spectroscopy and neutron resonance spin-echo spectroscopy pin-pointing phonon lifetimes on an absolute energy scale. We further discuss Larmor diffraction measurements which deliver important information about phonon scattering at the domain walls. These experiments provide a thorough basis to resolve discrepancies between the calculated and measured lifetimes and to further develop theoretical models for lattice-mediated heat propagation.

        Speaker: Klaus Habicht (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie)
      • 16
        Vortex Matter Beyond SANS: From Superconductivity to Skyrmions

        Both superconducting vortex and skyrmion lattices in chiral magnets can be regarded as macroscopic lattices, formed by topological entities. Analogous to condensed matter, a large variety of phases is also observed for vortex and skyrmion matter, resembling their particle like character and reflecting the underlying physical properties. Moreover, both vortex and skyrmion matter represent ideal model systems for questions of general importance as topological stability and decay and also domain nucleation and growth. As for superconducting vortex matter, skyrmion melting transitions, skyrmion liquids and skyrmion glass phases are expected to exist in various materials.

        Neutron scattering provides an ideal tool for the investigation of both vortex and skyrmion matter. Going beyond the standard SANS approach, we present an overview how to address the static and dynamic properties of superconducting vortex and skyrmion matter by means of neutron grating interferometry (nGI), neutron diffractive imaging (nGI), time-resolved small angle neutron scattering (TISANE), ultra small angle neutron scattering (USANS) and the neutron resonance spin echo spectroscopy technique (MIEZE).

        Work in collaboration with: C. Franz, T. Reimann, A. Backs,V. Pipich, M. Schulz, J. Kindervater, T. Adams, F. Haslbeck, A. Chacon, F. Jonietz, P. Böni, C. Pfleiderer, M. Garst, A. Rosch, P. Milde, L. Eng, J. Seidel.

        Speaker: Sebastian Muehlbauer
    • 7:00 PM
    • 7:30 AM
    • Dynamics of magnetic textures: domain walls, vortices and Skyrmions: Dynamics of magnetic textures
      • 17
        Energetics of skyrmions in chiral magnets

        Topological spin textures in chiral magnets such as skyrmions attract great interest as a possible route towards spintronics devices. Central to the suitability for applications are the mechanisms controlling the long-term stability and decay processes. Starting from the mechanisms of stabilization the role of kinetic arrest and supercooling will be addressed. These identify topological magnetic order far from equilibrium as an exciting approach for the exploration of the fundamentals of topological protection and in the search for novel electronic phases.

        Speaker: Christian Pfleiderer
      • 18
        Magnetic Skyrmions – Novel spin textures for spintronics functionalities

        In this talk I give an overview primarily on chiral magnetic skyrmions – two-dimensionally localized topological magnetization solitons – in B20 magnets, films of B20 magnets, transition-metal films and heterostructures. Taking a multiscale approach from quantum mechanics of electrons, over atomistic spinmodels to micromagnetism, I draw a line of thought from the electronic structure, to the spin-orbit interaction, the magnetic spin-texture, the stability of skyrmions, and to their coexistence with antiskyrmions and bobbers. I discuss the potential and the role of Heisenberg-type exchange frustration for the properties of skyrmions followed by the recent progress made in the field of skyrmionics, i.e. skyrmions as entity of information, which have to fit to the field of spintronics, in size, ambient temperature, injection, transport, detection and manipulation at reasonable fields and currents. I look into the materials dimensions for skyrmions, the choice of heterostructures of synthetic antiferromagnets, the role of interfaces and the role of impurities. I look into the topological orbital moment of skyrmions, the Hall effects and the tunneling spin-mixing magneto-resistance as means of single skyrmion detection. Skyrmions might be only the beginning of localized magnetization textures. I may give a perspective of three-dimensional magnetic textures localized on the nanometer scale.

        Speaker: Stefan Bluegel (Forschungszentrum Juelich)
      • 19
        Polarization Analysis of the Non-Reciprocal Skyrmion Dynamics in MnSi

        The chiral magnet MnSi possesses a non-centrosymmetric chemical unit cell. The non-centrosymmetry has profound consequences for spin-wave dynamics in all ordered magnetic phases of MnSi. Namely, it introduces a Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya term, which causes magnons to be created at different absolute energies than they are annihilated. This asymmetry ("non-reciprocity") in the dispersion is limited to reduced momentum transfer components parallel to the applied magnetic field direction, i.e. the skyrmion axis.

        Using the new triple-axis spectrometer ThALES at the ILL, we performed a longitudinal polarization analysis of the skyrmion dynamics in MnSi for direction in reciprocal space both along and perpendicular to the skyrmion axis. Individual polarization-dependent dispersion branches could be clearly resolved in the first direction, while for the second direction we found a broad quasi-continuum of dispersion branches. Utilizing the Monte-Carlo convolution of a linear spin-wave model [1] and the instrumental resolution function, we achieved an excellent quantitative agreement between experiment and theory.

        [1] M. Garst, et al., Journal of Physics D 50(29), 293002 (2017).

        This work will be part of a comprehensive paper on skyrmion dynamics:
        T. Weber, D. Fobes, J. Waizner, L. Beddrich, P. Steffens, G. Tucker, R. Bewley, M. Skoulatos, R. Georgii, P. Link, G. Ehlers, A. Bauer, C. Pfleiderer, P. Böni, M. Janoschek, and M. Garst, in preparation.

        Speaker: Dr Tobias Weber (Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL))
    • Excursion to the Stie Alm
    • Poster Session
      • 20
        Revealing exotic spin states on PANDA cold TAS at MLZ

        Investigations of magnetic excitations focus on new magnetic materials, quantum magnetism, superconductivity, heavy-fermion or low-dimensional systems, frustrated and multiferroic materials. The challenges of high-resolution studies can be answered only by cold neutron (TAS) spectroscopy experiments.

        In our days, there is a trend for extreme conditions, searching for exotic spin states. The discovery of these systems is often limited by small sample sizes or weak scattering cross sections, as well as asking for special sample environment such as high magnetic fields with low temperatures. PANDA, being a high-resolution, high-flux cold TAS spectrometer with a remarkably low background, successfully contributes with high-level experiments to a broad variety of scientific topics.

        We here present a selection of recently published results where PANDA experiments significantly contributed.

        Speaker: Dr Astrid Schneidewind (JCNS at MLZ, FZ Jülich)
      • 21
        Magnetic spin structures in amorphous DyCo thin film systems

        Alloys of rare-earth elements and 3d transition metals became recently again in the focus of attention due there rich variety of magnetic effects owed to the different anisotropies of both material classes.
        In this work, various thin film systems containing the amorphous DyCo alloy will be discussed. Despite of their amorphous nature, the film system show non trivial magnetic ordering leading to extraordinary phenomena. Neutron scattering techniques, in particular polarized neutron reflectometry are essential to investigate such thin film systems providing the sensitivity to study the magnetic structures on a microscopic level that is essential to understand the underlying principles. In DyCo$_4$ a large Atomic Exchange Bias effect was observed in a single film owned to the competition between the atomic exchange and the Zeemann interaction. In contact with a soft magnetic thin film of permalloy a chirality based exchange bias effect could be created. Here, the direction of the exchange bias effect can be isothermal switched by a moderate perpendicular magnetic field. The presence of an interfacial Dyzaloshinskii-Moriya is one of the keys to explain the observation. In a very recent study, we could demonstrated how skyrmionic objects could be created in DyCo$_3$ single films. The utilization of ferrimagnetic skyrmions as well as the of novel concepts of exchange bias may be of crucial importance for the development of future applications in the field of magnetic sensors.

        Speaker: Dieter Lott (Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht)
      • 22
        Neutron studies of of [Fe(x)/Nb(1.5)]10/Nb(40nm) systems

        Thin film heterostructures are one of the most prominent and studied systems for the realization of spintronics devices, due to the different magnetic couplings and proximity phenomena that are possible to obtain. One of the most well-known examples is the RKKY exchange coupling, that leads to Giant Magnetoresistance in ferromagnet/metal/ferromagnet layers, which is nowadays at the basis of modern spintronics. An interesting question to explore is what would happen to the coupling between ferromagnetic in the presence of superconducting correlations in the normal metal spacer.
        In this work we report on preliminary results on the preparation and characterization of samples of composition Al2O3(1 -1 0 2)//Nb(40nm)/[Fe(x)/Nb(1.5nm)]$_{10}$/Pt(3nm), with x=2-4 nm, grown in DCA M600 MBE setup of JCNS. A Fe/Nb superlattice is deposited on top of a thick superconducting Nb(40nm) buffer layer, that acts as a reservoir of superconducting pairs which will be transferred to the superlattice using proximity effect [1]. The samples were studied with SQUID magnetometry, X-ray diffraction and depth sensitive polarized neutron reflectometry (PNR), which is proved to be a powerful method for the study of magnetic state of Fe/Nb superlattices [2].

        1. S.V. Bakurskiy et al, JETP Letters 102 (9), 586-593 (2015)
        2. Ch. Rehm, D, Nagengast, F. Klose, H. Maletta, A. Weidinger EPL 38 (1997)
        Speaker: Laura Guasco
      • 23
        TISANE: AC Coil Setup for Kinetic Neutron Scattering

        We present the design and characterization of a newly built AC coil setup for TISANE measurements at the small angle scattering instrument SANS-1 at MLZ in Garching. The setup is based on an existing 2.2 T HTS magnet and a modified CC type cryostat. The new setup can generate a static magnetic field $B_{stat}$ of 2.2 T superpositioned by an AC magnetic field $B_{AC}$ in orthogonal and parallel orientation with respect to $B_{stat}$ at base temperatures of $T_{base}$= 3 - 5 K. The magnitude of $B_{AC}$ ranges from 25 mT for static fields to 1.2 mT at a frequency of 10 kHz. The whole setup can be positioned such that $B_{stat}$ is either parallel or orthogonal to the neutron beam. Special attention is given to the design process of the AC coil and the choice of material for the cryostat modification. The design process was supported and optimized by FEM-simulations. Measurements of the static magnetic field at different coil separations and currents and the frequency dependence of the magnetic field for different radiation shields and configurations are presented and agree well with FEM-simulations.

        Speaker: Xaver Simon Brems
      • 24
        Neutron scattering on a new Nd-pychlore single crystal

        Pyrochlore Nd2Zr2O7 was found to have very special magnetic ground state in which there is a coexistence of dynamical spin-ice correlations and quantum moment fragmentation due to the dipolar-octupolar doublet ground state of Kramers Nd3+ ion. Through 1:1 mixing of Sc3+ and Ta5+ in B sites, the crystal field ground state of Nd3+ can be strongly affected, and the magnetic ground state of pyrochlore Nd2ScTaO7 is suggested to have rather different ground state with the case of pure Nd2Zr2O7. Polarized neutron diffuse scattering at 100 mK confrimed the long-range order together with strong diffuse scattering in the ground state. The strong diffuse scattering in the ordered state indicates a robust moment fragmentation even in the Sc-Ta mixing sample. More specially, clear mangetic peak at (0 0 2) below 500 mK suggested a different magnetic structure of Nd2ScTaO7 in comparision with the case of pure Nd2Zr2O7. It is concluded that doping in B sites is an effective method to modulate the magnetic ground state of Nd-pyrochlore, which can help to realize more novel quantum magnetism and collective excitations in this magnetically frustrated system.

        Speaker: Dr Junda Song (Juelich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ))
      • 25
        Fabrication and characterization of SrCoO$_{3−\delta}$ thin films

        Because of its multivalent Co states and high oxygen mobility SrCoO$_{3-\delta}$ (SCO) is a promising material for energy and spintronic applications [1]. Upon changing its oxygen content it exhibits a topotactic phase transition. While SrCoO$_3$ is a ferromagnetic metal (T$_C$=305 K) with perovskite structure,
        SrCoO$_{2.5}$ is an antiferromagnetic insulator(T$_N$ =570 K) with brownmillerite structure.
        In this contribution, we focus on the fabrication of SrCoO$_{2.5}$ thin films by molecular beam epitaxy on various substrates like SrTiO$_3$ and LaAlO$_3$. As Sr and Co are coevaporated from distinct effusion cells, the first task is to obtain stoichiometric thin films. We present results of RHEED assisted stoichiometric thin film growth and of driving the topotactic transition by annealing in low oxygen gas flow.
        For bulk SCO it has been shown that the perovskite structure can be stabilized by adding of about 5 % rare earth ions [2]. For this reason we study the effect of Sm doping on the crystal structure of SCO thin films. The magnetic properties were studied with SQUID and the crystalline properties by surface characterization methods like LEED, RHEED and XRR.

        [1] H. Jeen et al., Nature Materials 12, (2013) 1057
        [2] M. James et al., Solid State Sciences 6 (2004) 655

        Speaker: Sabine Pütter (Jülich Centre for Neutron Science JCNS, Outstation at MLZ, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH)
      • 26
        Magnetic Guinier Law

        The so-called Guinier law represents the low-$q$ approximation for the small-angle scattering curve
        from a dilute assembly of identical and randomly oriented particles. This relation has been derived
        for nonmagnetic particle-matrix-type systems; an important prerequisite for it to apply is the
        presence of a sharp interface separating particles and matrix. On the other hand, it is well
        known that the magnetic microstructure of nanocrystalline magnets is highly nonuniform on the
        nanometer length scale and characterized by a spectrum of continuously varying long-wavelength
        magnetization fluctuations. This results in a large and strongly field-dependent magnetic small angle neutron scattering (SANS) cross section. In this work we introduce the Guinier law for
        the case of magnetic SANS and provide an analysis of experimental data on a hard magnetic
        Nd-Fe-B-based and a soft magnetic Fe-based nanocomposite.

        Speaker: Artem Malyeyev (University of Luxembourg)
      • 27
        MIEZETOP for the cold triple axis spectrometer (TAS) MIRA

        Neutron Spin Echo is a techniques to obtain high resolution which uses the spin to record information. It is used to observe slow phenomena, which are correlated to relaxation processes, e.g. correlations between atomic positions or spin orientations. Here these phenomena manifest itself in an inelastic broadening of the structure factor S(Q) revealing time domains of inelastic processes that are magnitudes higher than classical neutron spectrometers. One way of realization is MIEZE (Modulation of IntEnsity with Zero Effort) where the energy transfer displays in a contrast change of the oscillating signal. We implement this technique into our triple axis instrument to obtain high resolution in a broad Q-range.

        Speaker: Henrik Gabold
      • 28
        DNS: a versatile polarized neutron instrument at the forefront of quantum materials research

        With its compact design, large double-focus monochromator and wide-angle polarization analysis, DNS is optimized as a high intensity cold-neutron polarized instrument. Major instrument upgrades, including a new-generation Fe/Si supermirror based focusing polarizing bender [1], and a 300 Hz disc chopper system, have been accomplished recently. This has opened up possibilities to combine polarized neutrons with time-of-flight spectroscopy for the studies of exotic magnetic order and excitations in quantum materials, such as magnetic Dirac and Weyl semimetals, quantum spin liquid, quantum spin ice and Kitaev quantum magnets. In this poster, an overview about the recent instrument upgrades and some selected examples on our recent studies of quantum materials [2-5] will be given.

        [1] K. Nemkovski, et al., J. Phys. Conf. 862, 012018 (2017).
        [2] S. Gao, et al., Nat. Phys. 13, 157 (2017).
        [3] V. Pecanha-Antonio, et al., Phys. Rev. B 96, 214415 (2017).
        [4] V. Pecanha-Antonio, et al., Phys. Rev. B 99, 134415 (2019).
        [5] Fengfeng Zhu, Xiao Wang, et al., (unpublished).

        Speaker: Dr Yixi Su (JCNS-MLZ)
      • 29
        Incommensurate magnetic systems studied with the three-axis spectrometer (TAS) MIRA

        The cold-neutron three-axis spectrometer MIRA is an instrument optimized for low-energy excitations. Its excellent intrinsic 𝑄-resolution makes it ideal for studying incommensurate magnetic systems. MIRA is uses advanced neutron focusing optics such as elliptic guides, which enable the investigation of small samples under extreme conditions. Scientific topics include the investigation of complex inter-metallic alloys and spectroscopy on incommensurate magnetic structures.

        Speaker: Robert Georgii
      • 30
        Studies of Magnetic Symmetry and Topology Using Single and Double Polarized Options on POLI

        Single crystal diffractometer with polarised neutrons POLI recently implemented at Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) was specially designed to perform studies of complex magnetic structures and magnetic domain populations in bulk by different polarised neutron techniques. Flipping Ratio measurements using high magnetic field, uniaxial polarisation analysis in the moderate magnetic field, and Spherical Neutron Polarimetry in Zero-field are successfully implemented. The study of magneto-electric and antiferromagnetic domains under applied electric/magnetic field as well of ferromagnetic domains by depolarisation analysis are also possible. Here we present different experimental setups available on POLI and show the examples of their applications.

        Speaker: Vladimir Hutanu
      • 31
        In situ Thin Film Growth Capabilities for Polarized Neutron Reflectometry

        (Note: the contribution is based on results obtained while the presenter was employed by TUM.)

        Thin magnetic films and heterostructures are the basic building blocks of many electronic information and quantum technology devices. Because sample structure, stoichiometry, and defect population are defined by and evolve with the deposition process of the structures, a precise control and optimization are of great importance, especially if magnetic and multi-ferroic properties are of interest. It is, hence, highly desirable to directly analyze the development of the physical properties of e.g. the magnetization during the growth process and to correlate it with the structural parameters of the sample.

        The in situ characterization of thin films by electron- and photon-based probes or scanning probe techniques is standard. however, the in situ measurement of the magnetic properties of thin films using (polarized) neutron reflectometry ((P)NR) is an extremely challenging task.

        Here, the final states of a mobile sputtering facility for in situ growth and monitoring of magnetic multilayers, which can be installed at suitable neutron beamlines, will be presented: the current state in development and the latest in situ measurements on Fe and Fe/Pd thin films will be shown. An overview over the latest developments and future modifications as well as the completion work carried out to allow the setup to be applied for even broader scientific research will be shown.

        Speakers: Jingfan Ye, Martin Haese (Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht), Manfred Albrecht
    • 7:00 PM
    • 8:00 AM
    • Molecular magnetism
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        Operating quantum states in single magnetic molecules

        The endeavour of quantum electronics is driven by one of the most ambitious technological goals of today’s scientists: the realization of an operational quantum computer. We start to address this goal by the new research field of molecular quantum spintronics, which combines the concepts of spintronics, molecular electronics and quantum computing. The building blocks are magnetic molecules, i.e. well-defined spin qubits. Various research groups are currently developing low-temperature scanning tunnelling microscopes to manipulate spins in single molecules, while others are working on molecular devices (such as molecular spin-transistors) to read and manipulate the spin state and perform basic quantum operations. We will present our recent measurements of geometric phases, the iSWAP quantum gate, the coherence time of a multi-state superposition, and the application to Grover’s algorithm [1-5].
        [1] S. Thiele, F. Balestro, R. Ballou, S. Klyatskaya, M. Ruben, W. Wernsdorfer, Science, 2014, 344, 1135.
        [2] M. Ganzhorn, S. Klyatskaya, M. Ruben, W. Wernsdorfer, Nature Nanotechnol., 2013, 8, 165; Nature Comm., 2016, 7, 11443.
        [3] M. N. Leuenberger, D. Loss, Quantum computing in molecular magnets. Nature 410, 789-793(2001).
        [4] C. Godfrin, A. Ferhat, R. Ballou, S. Klyatskaya, M. Ruben, W. Wernsdorfer, F. Balestro, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 187702 (2017).
        [5] C. Godfrin, et al.,. npj Quant. inf. 4, 53 (2018).

        Speaker: Wolfgang Wernsdorfer
    • 10:00 AM
    • Numerical simulations of quantum spin systems
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        In recent years, the density-matrix renormalization group (DMRG) method, by now the leading method for one-dimensional
        strongly correlated quantum systems, has been extended to the simulation of time-dependent phenomena at finite-temperature
        and is therefore now ideally placed to calculate momentum- and frequency-dependent scattering off magnets. In this talk, I will introduce
        to the method, its relation to the theory of entanglement, the important post-processing of data, and show how if produces results in
        excellent agreement with various experimental results (for instance, RbCoCl3) and allows the detailed study of magnetic properties of materials.

        Speaker: Prof. Uli Schollwöck (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München)
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        Spin wave excitations of magnetic metalorganic materials

        The Organic Materials Database (OMDB) [1,2] is an open database at Nordita that is hosting about 22,000 electronic band structures, density of states and other properties for synthesized 3-dimensional organic crystals. The web interface of the OMDB offers various search tools for the identification of novel functional materials such as band structure pattern matching and density of states similarity search. In this work we extend the OMDB to include magnetic excitation properties. For inelastic neutron scattering we focus on the dynamical structure factor S(Q,ω) which contains information on the excitation modes of the material. We introduce a new dataset containing atomic magnetic moments and Heisenberg exchange parameters for which we calculate the spin wave spectra and dynamic structure factor with linear spin wave theory and atomistic spin dynamics [3]. We thus develop the materials informatics tools to identify topological magnon spectra such as Dirac crossings within the class of organic molecular crystals, and reveal mechanisms for the topological protection of the crossings.

        [1] S. S. Borysov, R. M. Geilhufe, and A. V. Balatsky, PloS one 12.2 (2017): e0171501.
        [2] The Organic Materials Database (OMDB), https://omdb.mathub.io .
        [3] J. Hellsvik, R. Díaz Pérez, R. M. Geilhufe, M. Månsson, A. V. Balatsky, in preparation.

        Funding: Swedish Research Council (VR) 2016-06955 BIFROST, Villum
        Center of Excellence for Dirac Materials, and KAW 2013.0096.

        Speaker: Dr Johan Hellsvik (Nordita)
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      Concluding remarks & Farewell
    • 12:30 PM