This group performs calculations of magnetic properties useful for applications, particularly Spin-Torque RAM (ST-RAM) and magnetic recording. They are using MSI resources for two purposes: Finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulations of light propagation from a near field transducer, as used for heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), and electronic structure calculations of magnetic damping, which is important for ST-RAM. In both cases, the researchers calculate the simple (or lower resolution cases) on their workstations, but need the resources of MSI for calculations requiring more memory. If successful, the impact of the work will be better optical designs for near field transducers and media, and lower energy ST-RAM. Both yield higher density storage/memory.
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