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Ultrafast Dynamics in Electronic and Magnetic Materials

Our group focuses on understanding ultrafast dynamics in electronic and magnetic materials. These materials form an active field of research due to their applications in non-volatile memory, data storage and sensors. We perform in-situ studies of electronic and magnetic materials to monitor the evolution of functional properties following application of voltage, temperature or laser. Specifically, laser excitation provides us with a unique way to manipulate physical properties at femtosecond-picosecond timescales. We are currently working on understanding ultrafast switching in magnetic multilayer systems, metal-insulator phase transitions in ferrites and nickelates, and ultrafast control of polarization in ferroelectric materials.