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Yong Chang Lau


Home: Muar, Malaysia

Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan


  • 2016, Ph. D in Physics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Thesis title: Magnetic thin films for spin-transfer torque applications (Defended February 2016)
  • 22011, Diplôme d’Ingénieur, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA), Toulouse, France Final-year project: Magneto-transport in nanopatterned La0.7Sr0.3MnO3
  • 22010, summer student, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Summer project: Interlayer exchange coupling between an in-plane free layer and a perpendicular multilayer

Current Project: Spin-orbit torques in metallic thin films

Specialities: (Fixing/Messing around with) Shamrock sputtering tool, fabricate micron-sized devices, X-ray diffraction and reflectometry, spin-Hall-related measurements, induce IF error in Heidelberg

Activities/Interests: Playing badminton, (MMO)RPG games, babysitting

List of publications / preprints:

  1. Y.-C. Lau, D. Betto, K. Rode, J. M. D. Coey, and P. Stamenov. Spin-orbit torque switching without external field with a ferromagnetic exchange-biased coupling layer. arXiv:1511.05773.
  2. N. Thiyagarajah, Y.-C. Lau, D. Betto, K. Borisov, J. M. D. Coey, P. Stamenov, and K. Rode. Giant spontaneous hall effect in zero-moment Mn2RuxGa. Applied Physics Letters, 106(12):122402, 2015.
  3. Y.-C. Lau, H. Kurt, and J. M. D. Coey. CoTaZr/Pd multilayer with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. APL Materials, 1(2):022104, 2013.
  4. Y.-C. Lau, K. Oguz, K. Rode, and J.M.D. Coey. Controlling the demagnetizing field of an in-plane free layer by exchange coupling with a perpendicular multilayer. The European Physical Journal B, 86(3):110, 2013.
  5. D. Betto, K. Rode, N. Thiyagarajah, Y.-C. Lau, K. Borisov, G. Atcheson, M. Žic, T. Archer, P. Stamenov and J. M. D. Coey. The zero-moment half metal: How could it change spin electronics? AIP Advances, 6:055601, 2016.
  6. M. Zic, K. Rode, N. Thiyagarajah, Y.-C. Lau, D. Betto, J. M. D. Coey, S. Sanvito, K. J. O'Shea, C. A. Ferguson, D. A. MacLaren, T. Archer. Designing a fully-compensated half-metallic ferrimagnet. arXiv:1511.07923.
  7. D. Betto, N. Thiyagarajah, Y.-C. Lau, C. Piamonteze, M.-A. Arrio, P. Stamenov, J. M. D. Coey, and K. Rode. Site-specific magnetism of half-metallic Mn2RuxGa thin films determined by x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Phys. Rev. B, 91:094410, Mar 2015.
  8. H. Kurt, K. Rode, P. Stamenov, M. Venkatesan, Y.-C. Lau, E. Fonda, and J. M. D. Coey. Cubic Mn2Ga thin films: Crossing the spin gap with ruthenium. Phys. Rev. Lett., 112:027201, Jan 2014.
  9. K. Rode, N. Baadji, D. Betto, Y.-C. Lau, H. Kurt, M. Venkatesan, P. Stamenov, S. Sanvito, J. M. D. Coey, E. Fonda, E. Otero, F. Choueikani, P. Ohresser, F. Porcher, and G. André. Site-specific order and magnetism in tetragonal Mn3Ga thin films. Phys. Rev. B, 87:184429, May 2013.