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Microelectronics Group



2014-Present: Postdoctoral Researcher, London Centre for Nanotechnology, University College London
2010-2014: PhD Studies, Microelectronics Group, University of Cambridge
2006-2010: MSci Natural Sciences: Experimental and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge

 Other Positions:

Summer 2009: Research Student, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  Studying Silicon Photomultipliers for use in Positron-Electron Tomography
Summer 2006: Online Publishing, Dept. Materials and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge

Writing and animating Teaching and Learning Packages for the DoITPoMS resource:

X-Ray Diffraction and Reciprocal Space


My research interests are in Spintronics and Micro-magnetics. In particular, I investigate how the spin-orbit effects in semiconductors and metals can be used for efficient magnetisation switching and spin-current generation. I use spin-pumping and spin-orbit driven FMR techniques to study the spin-orbit fields in a variety of magnetic systems.


Key publications: 

Electrical excitation and detection of magnetic dynamics with impedance matching
D. Fang, T. D. Skinner, H. Kurebayashi, R. P. Campion, B. L. Gallagher, and A. J. Ferguson
Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 182402 (2012)

Uniaxial anisotropy of two-magnon scattering in an ultrathin epitaxial Fe layer on GaAs
H. Kurebayashi, T. D. Skinner, K. Khazen, K. Olejník, D. Fang, C. Ciccarelli, R. P. Campion, B. L. Gallagher, L. Fleet, A. Hirohata, and A. J. Ferguson
Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 062415 (2013)

Enhanced inverse spin-Hall Effect in ferromagnetic/normal metal bilayers
T. D. Skinner, H. Kurebayashi, D. Fang, D. Heiss, A. C. Irvine, A. T. Hindmarch, M. Wang, A. W. Rushforth, and A. J. Ferguson
Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 072401 (2013)

Spin-orbit torque opposing the Oersted torque in ultrathin Co/Pt bilayers
T.D. Skinner, M. Wang, A.T. Hindmarch, A.W. Rushforth, A.C. Irvine, D. Heiss, H. Kurebayashi and A.J. Ferguson
Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 062401 (2014)

An antidamping spin–orbit torque originating from the Berry curvature
H. Kurebayashi, Jairo Sinova, D. Fang, A. C. Irvine, T. D. Skinner, J. Wunderlich, V. Novak, R. P. Campion, B. L. Gallagher, E. K. Vehstedt, L. P. Zarbo, K. Vyborny, A. J. Ferguson and  T. Jungwirth
Nature Nanotechnology 9, 211–217 (2014)

Postdoctoral Researcher
 Tim  Skinner

Contact Details

Present Address:
London Centre for Nanotechnology,
17-19 Gordon Street,
Not available for consultancy