Dr Gavin Burnell
My research concentrates on the emerging field of superconducting spintronics - the interaction of two states of quantum matter where fundamentals of solid state physics will lead to new applications in data storage and quantum information processing.
Gavin's research interests centre on understanding the physics of electron transport in materials through the fabrication and characterisation of nanoscale devices, in particular in superconducting and magnetic hybrid structures. Conventional superconductivity and ferromagnetism are competing quantum phenomena requiring different ordering of electron spins. This mutual antagonism at the most fundamental level leads to a wide range of novel and interesting phenomena if sufficiently small energy and length scales can be examined. Doing this requires state-of-the-art nanofabrication and carrying out sensitive measurements at low temperature and the latest facilties based experiments.