MagTop is an acronym of the Research Foundation MagTop – International Centre for Interfacing Magnetism and Superconductivity with Topological Matter.
MagTop operates within the International Research Agendas Programme of the Foundation for Polish Science, supported by the European Regional Development Fund under Smart Growth Operational Programme (SG OP), Priority Axis 4: Increasing the research potential, Measure 4.3: International Research Agendas (IRAs).
The grant, awarded to MagTop Leaders Tomasz Dietl and Tomasz Wojtowicz, provides funding of 10 M€ for initial 5 years.
Tomasz Dietl, MagTop’s President and Theory Group Leader, is also a part time Professor and P. I. at the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences and at Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, in Japan. He was a visiting professor at Kepler University in Linz, Fourier University in Grenoble, Tohoku University in Sendai, and Paris Sud University in Orsay. From 2004 to 2016 he was also an Ordinary Professor at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Warsaw. His current research interests are focused on the development of material systems and device concepts for nanospintronics of topological insulators, ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic semiconductors, and of hybrid metal/semiconductor nanostructures. He is recipient of Maria Skłodowska-Curie Award in Poland (1997); Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in Germany (2003); Agilent Technologies Europhysics Prize (2005) with David D. Awschalom and Hideo Ohno, for pioneering works that paved the way for the emergence of semiconductor spintronics; Foundation for Polish Science Prize (2006), and the Marian Smoluchowski Medal of the Polish Physical Society (2010). In 2008 Tomasz Dietl obtained an Advanced Grant (FunDMS) of the European Research Council.
Tomasz Wojtowicz, experimental physics professor, Co-PI of the IRA project, MagTop’s MBE Group Leader, is also a part time Professor and leader of the Group of technology of low dimensional structures, which he co-founded at the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences. He worked abroadat various research centres in Europe, Japan, and the United States (including visiting professor appointment at the University of Notre Dame and visiting scholar appointment at Purdue University) for more than seven years. He is a world-renowned specialist in technologies for fabricating nanostructures using molecular beam epitaxy method. Nanostructures produced by himself and under his supervision at IFPAN in Warsaw were studied at a large number of research institutions areound the world contributing to advancements in many areas of solid state physics. His current research interests are focused on developmening concepts and growth technologies for novel material systems and devices, which would bring magnetism and superconductivity into topological matter either directly (e.g., via doping with magnetic ions) or by interfacing topological matter with magnetic and/or superconducting materials in hybrid structures. He was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit and the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. In 2013 he was recognized for his scientific accomplishments with the prestigious Award of the Minister of Science and Higher Education for Distinguished Achievement in the Category of Basic Research. He has directed a number of research projects, including the prestigious Maestro project from the National Science Centre (Poland). He has received a Fulbright fellowship, a Mistrz/Master professorial grant from the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP), and a foreign visit study grant from the FNP.