From Lodestone to Hard-drives: an insight into magnetism

Espectro magnético. Distribución de la limadura de hierro en un imán

Espectro magnético. Distribución de la limadura de hierro en un imán

Poster for Dr Chris Bell

Poster for Dr Chris Bell

The November talk will be given by Dr Chris Bell of the School of Physics, University of Bristol.

Magnets have been known to humans for thousands of years, but still evoke confusion and fascination in equal measure. Do we understand magnets? Can they influence biological processes? How much control over them do we have for applications? In this talk Chris will try to answer some of these questions, as well as introducing the amazing technological applications of magnets, most notably in the hard drives in your computer.

Chris has held positions in the USA, Japan and The Netherlands. His research focuses on the creation and control of novel electronic phases of matter in metals, semiconductors, and insulators. He studies thin films of superconductors and ferromagnets and makes devices to explore how these two properties can be controlled and pushed to their ultimate limits. He is author of more than 80 scientific papers and is a keen potter in his spare time.