Plenary Session

4:00 pm Wednesday May 9: Ballrooms A/B/C
Session Chair: Jan-Ulrich Thiele
Awards: Bruce Gurney


Prof. Kannan Krishnan
University of Washington
For the most outstanding survey, review or tutorial paper published by the IEEE in 2011.


Dr. Hideo Ohno
Tohoku University For seminal contributions and leadership in bridging semiconductor electronics with magnetism and spintronics.


The Magnetics Society Achievement Award

Dr. John Slonczewski
"For contributions to magnetic devices and storage, including prediction of the spin transfer torque effect in magnetic thin films, theory of magnetotransport and interpretation of magnetic reversal"

Newly Elected Fellows of the IEEE

Thomas Weiland
Technische Universitt Darmstadt, Germany “For development of the finite integration technique and impact of the associated software on electromagnetic engineering”

Donald Gardner
Intel Corporation, USA
“For contributions to integrated circuit interconnects and integrated inductor technology”

Eric Fullerton
University of California, San Diego, USA
“For contributions to the synthesis and characterization of magnetic exchange coupled films, superlattices and recording media”

Andrei Slavin
Oakland University, USA
“For contributions to magnetic excitations and magnetization dynamics induced by spin transfer”

Reinhard Lerch
University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
“For contributions to ultrasonic transducer technology and computer modeling of sensors and actuators”

Chunting (Chris) Mi
University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA
“For contributions to hybrid electric vehicle modeling and power control”

David Davidson
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
“For contributions to computational electromagnetics”

2012 Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturers

George Hadjipanayis
University of Delaware
“Science and Technology of Modern Permanent Magnets”

Shinji Yuasa
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
“Magnetoresistance and Spin-Transfer Torque in Magnetic Tunnel Junctions”

Gerrit Bauer
Tohoku University and Kavli Institute of Nano Science
“Spin Caloritronics”

Masahiro Yamaguchi
Tohoku University
“Soft Magnetic Thin Films Applications at Radio Frequencies”


Following the awards ceremony the Intermag Plenary lecture will be presented.
The speaker will be
Dr. Joachim Stöhr
Linac Coherent Light Source SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford, California, USA

Exploring the Ultrafast Magnetic Nanoworld with X-Rays

Over the last 25 years, the revolution in magnetism based on the use of spin engineered nanostructures has been accompanied by the increased use of x-rays for their investigation. In this talk I will present an overview of the power of x-rays to address forefront problems in magnetism. X-ray techniques offer high magnetic sensitivity, are element and chemical state specific, and can provide nanoscale magnetic maps of buried layers inside devices. In addition to imaging magnetic structure, x-ray can record ultrafast movies of device function. The first x-ray laser in the world, LCLS, can produce a nanoscale magnetic image in a single 50 fs shot and through optical pump – x-ray probe techniques can probe magnetization dynamics on this time scale. My talk will cover the exploration of phenomena such as interfacial effects, spin torque switching and all optical manipulation of the magnetization.

Joachim Stöhr received his undergraduate degree at Bonn University, Germany, in 1968 and his Ph.D. at the Technical University in Munich in 1974. Following a postdoctoral position at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory he became a staff scientist at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) in 1977, where he focused on the development of soft x-ray techniques such as SEXAFS and NEXAFS for the study of chemisorbed atoms and molecules. In 1981 he joined Exxon Corporate Research Laboratory as Senior Staff Scientist and continued his work in surface science. In 1985 he moved to the IBM Almaden Research Center, where he was a Research Staff Member for 15 years and managed several departments including “Condensed Matter Science” and “Magnetic Materials and Phenomena”. At IBM he developed both soft x-ray spectroscopy and microscopy methods for the study of thin polymer films on surfaces and magnetic thin films. In 2000 he joined Stanford University as Professor in Photon Science and Deputy Director of SSRL. He became SSRL Director and Associate Director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in 2005 and in 2009 he became Director of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the world’s first free electron x-ray laser. At Stanford, his research has concentrated on the study of magnetic thin films and nanostructures by means of advanced soft x-ray techniques. He has developed time-resolved x-ray spectro-microscopy methods that combine element, chemical, and magnetic state specificity with nanoscale spatial resolution and temporal resolution down to the femtosecond regime.