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Dr Chiara Ciccarelli

Dr Chiara Ciccarelli

University Lecturer

Chiara Ciccarelli is accepting applications for PhD students.


I received my undergraduate and MSc degrees from Tor Vergata University in Rome in 2008. After that, I moved to Cambridge where I got my PhD in 2012. From 2012 to 2016 I held a Junior Research Fellowship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. In November I became a Winton Advanced Research Fellow and I am now running a research group on ultra-fast spintronics at the University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

I am interested in studying quantum spin-effects in magnetically ordered materials, from ferromagnets to anti-ferromagnets to chiral magnets. In the past years my research has focused on current-induced torques in spin-orbit coupled ferromagnets by using microwave transport techniques. I am now setting up a lab on time-domain THz emission spectroscopy to study these effects at 1000 times faster timescales.

Key Publications

  1. Kun-Rok Jeon, C. Ciccarelli*, A. J. Ferguson, H. Kurebayashi, L. F. Cohen, X. Montiel, M. Eschrig, J. W. A. Robinson & M. G. Blamire, Enhanced spin pumping into superconductors provides evidence for superconducting pure spin currents, Nature Materials 17, 499 (2018).
  2. C. Ciccarelli, L. Anderson, A. J. Ferguson, F. Gerhard, C. Gould, J. Gayles, J. Zelezny, L. Smejkal, Y. Zhe, L.W. Molenkamp, J. Sinova, F. Freimuth and T. Jungwirth, Room-temperature spin-orbit torque in NiMnSb, Nature Physics 12, 855–860 (2016).
  3. V. Tshitoyan, C. Ciccarelli,  A.P. Mihai,  M. Ali, A.C. Irvine, T. Moore T. Jungwirth and A.J. Ferguson, Electrical manipulation of ferromagnetic NiFe by antiferromagnetic IrMn, Physics Review B 92, 214406 (2015).
  4. C. Ciccarelli, K.M.D. Hals, A.C. Irvine, V. Novak, Y. Tserkovnyak, H. Kurebayashi, A. Brataas and A.J. Ferguson, Magnonic charge pumping via spin-orbit coupling, Nature Nanotechnology 10, 50-54 (2014)
  5. C. Ciccarelli, L.P. Zarbo, A.C. Irvine, R.P. Campion, B.L. Gallagher, J. Wunderlich, T. Jungwirth and A.J. Ferguson, Spin gating electrical current, Applied Physics Letters 101, 122411 (2012)