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Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability

Department of Physics


I received my undergraduate and MSc degrees from Tor Vergata University in Rome in 2008. After that, I moved to Cambridge where I got my PhD in 2012. From 2012 to 2016 I held a Junior Research Fellowship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. In November 2016 I became a Winton Advanced Research Fellow and I am now running a research group on ultra-fast spintronics at the University of Cambridge.


I am interested in studying quantum spin-effects in magnetically ordered materials, from ferromagnets to anti-ferromagnets to chiral magnets. In the past years my research has focused on current-induced torques in spin-orbit coupled ferromagnets by using microwave transport techniques. I am now setting up a lab on time-domain THz emission spectroscopy to study these effects at 1000 times faster timescales.


Key publications: 
  1. C. Ciccarelli, L. Anderson, A. J. Ferguson, F. Gerhard, C. Gould, J. Gayles, J. Zelezny, L. Smejkal, Y. Zhe, L.W. Molenkamp, J. Sinova, F. Freimuth and T. Jungwirth, Room-temperature spin-orbit torque in NiMnSbNature Physics 12, 855–860 (2016).
  2. V. Tshitoyan, C. Ciccarelli,  A.P. Mihai,  M. Ali, A.C. Irvine, T. Moore T. Jungwirth and A.J. Ferguson, Electrical manipulation of ferromagnetic NiFe by antiferromagnetic IrMnPhysics Review B 92, 214406 (2015).
  3. C. Ciccarelli, K.M.D. Hals, A.C. Irvine, V. Novak, Y. Tserkovnyak, H. Kurebayashi, A. Brataas and A.J. Ferguson, Magnonic charge pumping via spin-orbit couplingNature Nanotechnology 10, 50-54 (2014)
  4. H. Kurebayashi, T.D. Skinner, K. Khazen, K. Olejník, D. Fang, C. Ciccarelli, R.P. Campion, B.L. Gallagher, L. Fleet, A. Hirohata, and A.J. Ferguson, Uniaxial anisotropy of two-magnon scatteringin in an ultrathin epitaxial Fe layer on GaAsApplied Physics Letters 102, 062415 (2013).
  5. C. Ciccarelli, L.P. Zarbo, A.C. Irvine, R.P. Campion, B.L. Gallagher, J. Wunderlich, T. Jungwirth and A.J. Ferguson, Spin gating electrical currentApplied Physics Letters 101, 122411 (2012)
Harding Lecturer and
Royal Society University Research Fellow
Microelectronics Group
Dr Chiara  Ciccarelli

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