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Engineering | Undergraduate Research

Advanced Magnetic Thin Film Characterization

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Dr. Hongbin Yu, a Professor for the School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering has a research opening for the following project:

Magnetic thin films have played increasingly important roles in advanced electronics, such as spintronics, and sensors in automotive, health care and security applications. Properly characterizing magnetic films is critical in their applications. A highly motivated student with programming skills will assist in assembling pulsed inductive microwave permeameter (PIMM) capable of measuring the high frequency magnetodynamic properties of magnetic thin films. This assembly will require DC and RF connections of various electrical instruments and cables, including a pulse generator, sampling oscilloscope, helmholtz coils, and bipolar current supplies. It will also be needed to write computer code to control communicate with and control the operation of the instruments, as well as post-processing of the data. Thin magnetic films in the 1-10nm range for sensor or memory applications will be supplied by outside companies and will be characterized using the PIMM. Opportunities exist and also for more advanced PIMM development including cryogenic measurements, as well as possibly developing a separate ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) system. The student will be expected to work approximately 10 hrs per week. The work could be part of a senior research project or honors thesis and could also result in publication of research results in refereed journals.


  • Electronics devices
  • Sensors

Student qualifications/requirements:

  • Programming skills
  • Resume

Semester(s) or start/end date of position: As soon as possible

Number of hours per week: 10 hours

Stipend amount/hourly wage/volunteer position: $10

How to apply: Please send your resume to Dr. Yu, at


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