Arbeitsgruppe Prof. Hillebrands

Jun. Prof. Dr. Philipp Pirro

Main research interests:

Magnetisation dynamics: spin-wave excitation, transport, amplification and detection; nonlinear magnetisation dynamics

Conventional and unconventional magnonic computing, neuromorphic and brain-inspired computing

Magnonic micro-and nanostructures

Hybrid magnonic systems

Main research techniques:

Brillouin light scattering spectroscopy (micro-focussed or wave vector resolved)

Micromagnetic simulations

Ferromagnetic resonance spectroscopy

Magneto-optical Kerr effect

For a full publication list, please see Profile on ResearchGate


Current Projects

CHIRON: Spin Wave Computing for Ultimately-Scaled Hybrid Low-Power Electronics, funded by the European Commission in the H2020-FETOPEN Program

CHIRON targets a proof of principle of the essential elements for spin wave computing by an interdisciplinary approach joining partners with expertise in material science, physics, nano-manufacturing, electrical engineering, device simulation, and circuit design. CHIRON will fabricate basic logic gates, such as inverters and majority gates, demonstrate their operation, and assess their performance. As transducers between the CMOS and spin wave domains in hybrid circuits, CHIRON will develop magnetoelectric and multiferroic nanoresonators, based on nanoscale bulk acoustic resonators, which bear promise for high energy efficiency and large output signal. The targeted lateral scale (100 nm) and resonance frequency (>10 GHz) bring such resonators to the frontier of nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS).

In CHIRON, we use our expertise in Brillouin light scattering to investigate the excitation, propagation and interaction of magnons and phonons in close collaboration with our consortium partners. From our experiments, we draw conclusions about the main interaction mechanisms and the efficiency of the developed elements.

Skyrmion Spectroscopy, Project in the SPP 2137 “Skyrmionics: Topological Spin Phenomena in Real-Space for Applications” of the DFG

The main aim of this project is to address several key issues of skyrmion excitations using a combined approach of simulations and BLS experiments. We use BLS to access skyrmion excitations with fi nite wave vector and study linear and nonlinear skyrmion excitations in the presence of external stimuli. In addition, we investigate important material properties like symmetric and anti-symmetric exchange in thin films systems which are highly relevant for the formation, stability and dynamics of skyrmions.

Projects in the SFB/TRR 173 "Spin+X" of the DFG

This project makes use of the collective excitations of the spin system, the spin waves, to create new functionalities in the form of magnon circuits. In the focus are novel concepts which go beyond conventional and linear logic. To achieve this, nonlinear magnonic devices as well as devices with memory functionality will be realized. In addition, the concept of “quantum-classical analogies” will be introduced into magnonics. It exploits the similarities between the equations describing processes in quantum systems and coherent spin wave systems in the classical limit. This will allow to use concepts developed in atom physics and photonics to improve magnonic devices.


Project B11 aims to establish the link between the field of ultrafast demagnetization processes and the field of magnonics. We investigate the optically induced single-particle spin excitations on femtosecond time scales in a strong non-equilibrium state and the subsequent conversion processes to magnonic excitations, dominating on longer timescales and during the remagnetization.



Fachbereich Physik
Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Erwin-Schrödinger-Straße 56, room 422
67663 Kaiserslautern
Tel.: +49 631-205-4092
Fax: +49 631-205-4095

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