Magnetic Materials Group

Y. Sakuraba
(Group Leader)
T. Nakatani

Magnetic Materials Group


 The group carries out basic and applied researches on new types of magnetic materials for potential industrial applications, including rare earth permanent magnets for motors, Heusler alloy half-metallic ferromagnets for magnetic sensor applications, spin gapless semiconductors for novel spintronic devices, and magnetocaloric materials for solid state cooling. The device applicability of newly developed materials is examined by fabricating prototype magnetic sensors for ultrahigh density magnetic recording.

Specialized Research Field

 Using the expertise in materials science and applied magnetism, the members of the group are working on processing and magnetic and structural characterization of magnetic thin films, magnetic recording media, search for half-metallic Heusler alloys, permanent magnets, and soft magnetic materials. The emphasis is placed on the structure-property relationships through thorough micro/nano-structure characterizations of materials and their devices.
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