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Henk Swagten is a full-time professor within the group Physics of Nanostructures (FNA) at the Applied Physics department of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).  His areas of expertise include materials technology, nanotechnology atomic physics and molecular physics. Henk Swagten investigates the emerging field of layered magnetic structures and spin-based electronics, in short 'spintronics'. The study of new magnetic and electrical phenomena, often in close relation to the industrial application in electronic 'devices', is central to his research.  With a VICI grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) Henk has set out research lines in the area of spin transport in semiconductors, new materials for magneto resistance, scanning tunneling microscopy for magnetic surfaces and nanostructuring of spin-based electronics. 

Academic background

Henk Swagten obtained his PhD with honors in the group Cooperative Phenomena group of the Faculty of Applied Physics at TU/e. For his doctoral research (1987-1990), and as a fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), he has carried out experimental research into ordering phenomena and interactions in magnetic semiconducting materials. For this purpose, he worked at the University of Notre Dame in 1991.  In addition to his position at TU/e, Henk is Editor in Chief of NTVN (Nederlands Tijschrift voor Natuurkunde), a publication of the Netherlands Physics Society.

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Research Output 1987 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
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Author Correction: Long-range chiral exchange interaction in synthetic antiferromagnets

Han, D. S., Lee, K., Hanke, J. P., Mokrousov, Y., Kim, K. W., Yoo, W., van Hees, Y. L. W., Kim, T. W., Lavrijsen, R., You, C. Y., Swagten, H. J. M., Jung, M. H. & Kläui, M., 25 Jun 2019, In : Nature Materials. 18, p. 905 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/Letter to the editorAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Exchange interactions

Controlling skyrmion bubble confinement by dipolar interactions

Ummelen, F. C., Lichtenberg, T., Swagten, H. J. M. & Koopmans, B., 2 Sep 2019, In : Applied Physics Letters. 115, 10, 5 p., 102402.

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Creep of chiral domain walls

Hartmann, D. M. F., Duine, R. A., Meijer, M. J., Swagten, H. J. M. & Lavrijsen, R., 11 Sep 2019, In : Physical Review B. 100, 9, 5 p., 094417 .

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Extraction of Dzyaloshinksii-Moriya interaction from propagating spin waves validated

Lucassen, J., Schippers, C. F., Verheijen, M. A., Fritsch, P., Geluk, E. J., Barcones, B., Duine, R. A., Wurmehl, S., Swagten, H. J. M., Koopmans, B. & Lavrijsen, R., 5 Sep 2019, In : arXiv. 26 p., 1909.02467v1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademic

Open Access
thick films
nuclear magnetic resonance
3 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

Long-range chiral exchange interaction in synthetic antiferromagnets

Han, D-S., Lee, K., Hanke, J-P., Mokrousov, Y., Kim, K-W., Yoo, W., van Hees, Y. L. W., Kim, T-W., Lavrijsen, R., You, C-Y., Swagten, H. J. M., Jung, M-H. & Kläui, M., 1 Jul 2019, In : Nature Materials. 18, 7, p. 703-708 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Exchange interactions
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Student theses

A new spin on magnetic memory: spin-orbit torques in Pt/Co/(Pt/AlOx)

Author: Cortenbach, J., 30 Nov 2012

Supervisor: Franken, J. (Supervisor 1) & Swagten, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Anneal-experimenten met magnetische tunneljuncties

Author: van Luytelaar, H., 2000

Supervisor: Swagten, H. (Supervisor 1), Gillies, M. (External person) (External coach) & Kuiper, A. (External coach)

Student thesis: Bachelor


Ballistic electron emission microscopy on Al2O3 tunnel junctions

Author: de Jong, J., 30 Jun 2001

Supervisor: Swagten, H. (Supervisor 1) & Kurnosikov, O. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Beïnvloeding van het magnetisch gedrag van SnMnTe via de dichtheid van ladingsdragers

Author: van Opstal, M., 31 Oct 1995

Supervisor: Eggenkamp, P. J. T. (Supervisor 1) & Swagten, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master