Andrew Kunz
Dr. Andrew KunzMarquette University

Sensenbrenner Hall, 103

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3031

Associate Dean

Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

I work with undergraduate research assistants to better understand magnetization dynamics in ferromagnetic nanostructures. In the never ending quest to store more information, to read and write data more rapidly, and to reduce power consumption ferromagnetic nanowire devices have the potential to be a transformative technology. An understanding of the magnetization dynamics is necessary for developing techniques to quickly and reliably move information. I recently had an NSF grant renewed to continue this work through 2016 and I will be hiring at least two undergraduate physics majors each summer to participate.

My students and I have been developing models necessary for understanding the high speed dynamics of magnetic nanowires and developing techniques to demonstrate the control of information flow. This work has been supported by two grants from the National Science Foundation and one from Research Corporation, and roughly a dozen undergraduate physics majors have participated in aspects of this research over the last eight years. Many of these students have become co-authors on refereed publications and have traveled to national and local conferences to present their work. Specific information about our active program of research can be found here.

Education

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Ph.D., Physics

Courses Taught

Introductory Physics, Modern Physics with Math and Computational Methods, Condensed Mattern/Magnetism

Research Interests

  • Magnetization dynamics
  • Nanoscale magnets
  • Artificial spin ice

Select Publications

  • The effects of bulk disorderon domain wall motion in ferromagnetic nanowires, A. Kunz, K.F. Kimminau, K. Blagg, C. Johlie, 2017
  • Disordered Kagome Spin Ice, N. Greenburg, A Kunz, 2017
  • Magnetization reversal in ferromagnetic spirals via domain wall motion, R. Schumm, A. Kunz, 2016