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Michael Saccone


Highly Frustrated Nanomagnets

Michael Saccone

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Research highlight
  • Advances in nanotechnology create nearly infinite freedom the design of magnetic structures. Not only can we better understand known types of matter, but we can also discover and create new states of matter. I design and analyze systems of nanomagnetic islands that interact to generate interesting matter. In particular, my research illuminates the complex dynamics of spin glass and spin ice, both of which help us understand similar systems in brain science, plasma physics, and, of course, additional magnetic systems. I'm also experimenting with designs to mirror neural computers and charge crystal formation.
 Educational Background/Employment:
  • Ph.D. (2020) Physics, University of California Santa Cruz
  • B.S. (2015) Physics, Minor in Mathematics, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Employment:
    • Postdoctoral Research Associate (2020-Present): T-4/CNLS, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
    • Graduate Student Instructor (2017-2020): Physics Department, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA

Research Interests:

  • Understanding new phases of matter in artificial spin ice such as monopole gases
  • Structuring logic gate and neuromorphic computing in artificial spin systems
  • Realizing spin glass in artificial spin systems and better understanding their dynamics

Selected Recent Publications:

  1. Saccone, Michael, et al. Direct observation of a dynamical glass transition in a nanomagnetic artificial Hopfield network, Nature Physics 18.5 517-521 (2022).
  2. Saccone, M. et al Elevated effective dimension in tree-like nanomagnetic Cayley structures, Royal Society of Chemistry 12, 189-194 (2020).
  3. Farhan, A., Saccone, M. et al Emergent magnetic monopole dynamics in macroscopically degenerate artificial spin ice, Science advances5, eaav6380 (2019).
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