Alex Vanstone

Imperial College London


Research Project: Designer magnetic interfaces – spin ice thin films and magnetic nanostructures
Will Branford (Imperial), Steve Bramwell and Laura Bovo (UCL)

Alex graduated from Imperial College with an MSci in Physics. His PhD research project is on the integration of magnetic nanostructures with thin films of magnetic pyrochlore oxide (spin ice). These materials exhibit exotic low-temperature magnetism, most famously emergent magnetic monopoles. Alex aims to explore how confinement into thin films affects the properties of spin ice and to engineer coupling between the magnetic nanostructures and the spin ice phase.