Department of Physics of Magnetism
Place of birth: Suwałki (Poland);
Faculty of Physics
University of Białystok
1L Konstantego Ciołkowskiego str.
15-245 Białystok, Poland
Education: M.Konopnicka 1st High School in Suwałki, Warsaw University – MSc (1974); Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa : academic training (1974-75), PhD (1979), Dr. hab. (Magnetization processes in layers with strong magnetic-after effect, 1990), Professor (1997);
Employment: University of Białystok (previously 1997 Warsaw University, Branch in Białystok) – Academic position (since 1974), Professor (1992), Ordinary Professor (2001)
Department of Physics of Magnetism (previously Laboratory of Magnetism) founder and Head (since 1976),
Deputy Rector (1998-99), Director of Institute of Experimental Physics (since 2005).
Research stays abroad:
(i) University of Kansas – Research Position (1980-81; 8 months); (ii) University of Tübingen – Research Position (1984; 2 months); (iii) University Paris-Sud, Orsay (Visiting Professor (1992-93; 5 months); (iv) research stays in: University Paris-Sud, Orsay, HMI, Berlin, Ion Beam Physics and Material Research, Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (2007-2009, total stays duration 7.5 months).
Research projects: several dozen, selected projects: (i) „Detection of Plasma Clusters with Thin Magnetic Films – Technical Feasibility Study”, founded by European Office of Aerospace Research and Development (1993-1994); (ii) Magnetic Properties of Novel Ultrathin Films (Human Capital Mobility), founded by European Union (1995-1996); (iii) “Combined study of nanostructured magnetic materials”, European project Marie-Curie ToK NANOMAG-LAB MTKD-CT-2004-003177 (2004-2009) (coordinator) (iv) Statics and dynamics of magnonic and magnetophotonic crystals, TEAM programme run by the Foundation for Polish Science, co-financed by the EU European Regional Development Fund (2012-2015) , (v) Femtosecond opto-magnetism and novel approaches to ultrafast magnetism at the nanoscale, FANTOMAS project (EC FP7) (Polish tasks coordinator) (2008-2012) (coordinator); (vi) bilateral contract: DAAD-MNiSW Polish German (2009-2010) „Ion-induced spin-reorientation-transition in thin Pt/Co/Pt trilayers” (coordinator); (vii) Polish-French POLONIUM (2012-2013) Spin reorientation studies in Pt/Co/Pt nanostructures irradiated by Ga+ ions (coordinator); (viii) Tailoring of magnetic properties of ultrathin film structures by electromagnetic radiation in a wide spectral range (coordinator) founded by National Science Centre in Poland, scheme for international research projects (2013-2017).
Co-founder National Centrum of Nanophysics and Spintronics, SPINLAB. Coordinator of several investment projects (also supported in the frame of SPINLAB) developing unique equipment infrastructure at Department of Physics of Magnetism.
Activities: Investigation of statics and dynamics of magnetic domain structures and magnetic phase transitions. Development of magnetooptical magnetometers supported by digital image processing techniques. Experimental and theoretical study of garnet films doped by strongly anisotropic magnetic ions with different effects such as room temperature photomagnetism, magnetic structure shape memory, self-biasing. Study of influence of ion bombardment and light irradiation on properties of magnetic films. Investigation of magnetic anisotropy, domain structures and magnetization processes in ultrathin films. Spin waves studies in patterned films.
Papers: total number above 250 (after Web of Science more than 230)
Selected papers: Visual Observation of Phase Domains in Dysprosium Orthoferrite, J.Phys.D, 10, 137 (1997); Domain Structure Near the Neel Temperature in Epitaxial garnet Films, Ferrites Proc.ICF Kyoto, 490 (1980); Unexpected Magnetization Processes in YIG+Co films, J.Magn.Magn.Mat. 88, 325 (1990); Magnetization Reversal Processes in an Ultrathin Co/Au film, Phys.Rev.B55, 15092 (1997); High Temperature Photomagnetism in Co Doped YIG Films, Phys.Rev.B57, 21 (1998); New Possibilities for Tuning Ultrathin Cobalt Film Magnetic Properties by a Noble Metals Overlayer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 8, 87203 (2002); Wide-scale Evolution of Magnetization Distribution in Ultrathin Films, Phys.Rev.B 69 184419 (2004), Geometry-driven out-of-plane magnetization states in nanostructures, Phys. Rev. B, 73, (2006) 134415; GloLab: creating a global Internet-accessible laboratory, Physics Education. 42 72-75 (2007), Tailoring of magnetism in Pt/Co/Pt ultrathin films by ion irradiation, Phys. Rev. B 85, 054427 (2012), Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in a Pt/Co/Pt ultrathin film arising from a lattice distortion induced by ion irradiation, Phys. Rev. B 86, 024418 (2012), Magnetization states and magnetization processes in nanostructures: From a single layer to multilayers, Phys. Status Solidi A, 211, 1005 (2014), Tailoring dynamic magnetic characteristics of Fe60Al40 films through ion irradiation, Phys.Rev.B 92, 144429 (2015), Ion irradiation tailored magnetic properties of coupled Co/Mo/Co structures, Phys, Rev. Appl., 9, 014029 (2018), Mapping magnetization states in ultrathin films with Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya interaction, New J. Phys. 21, 093022 (2019).
Didactic & popularizing activities:
Lectures on magnetism, introduction to physics, optics
Founder of Regional Computer Laboratory for Teaching Natural Science (supported by German foundation), co-founder of A network of school computer nature laboratories (founded by Ministry of Education, 2003).
Co-founder of Podlaski Festival of Science and Art 2003
Promotor – 7 PhD thesis.
- Polish Physical Society PTF (1994-2004 chairman of Bialystok Region Branch of Polish Physical Society);
- Member of Committee of Physics;
- Co-founder of Commission of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Polish Academy of Sciences Branch in Olsztyn and Białystok (chairman of the Commission (2016-2018).
- Member of Scientific Council of Institute of Physics Polish Academy of Sciences;
Honors, awards :
- Award of Scientific Secretary of Polish Academy of Sciences 1979;
- Two awards from Polish Ministry of Science and High Education 1980, 1987;
- Golden Cross of Merit 2001;
- Medal of Polish Physical Society for physics popularization named Krzysztof Ernst 2007.
- Medal of the National Education Commission 2016
- Several awards from Rectors of Warsaw University and University of Bialystok.