Project abstract for group vallsot

Numerical Studies on Superconducting Proximity Effects, Superconducting Valve Transport Phenomena, and on the Dynamics of Dislocations in Quantum Crystals

These researchers are continuing three main areas of investigation. The first concerns proximity effects in superconductor-ferromagnet heterostructures. The group will study the behavior of high quality multilayer and superlattice nanostructures composed of superconducting and ferromagnetic materials, using numerical methods we have developed to solve the exact microscopic equations for such systems. The main focus is phase transitions and switching phenomena. 

The second area concerns transport properties of spin valve F/F/S and S/F/F/S heterostructures. The group will study transport in S/F heterostructures in spin valve configurations and their possible applications to energy efficient memory storage. 

The third area involves studies dynamics of dislocations, and related phenomena in quantum crystals. The focus is on the coupling between dislocation dynamics and superfluid fields in solid quantum systems. 

A bibliography of this group’s publications acknowledging MSI is attached.