MagTop is the first of ten research centers, selected by a multistage competition, with the mission to boost the excellence and internationalization of research in Poland. The generous support (39 946 800 PLN, about 10 M€ per initial 5 years), a flexible governing system, together with a tight collaboration involving the parent institution and a strategic partner unit located abroad, support accomplishing the institute’s mission. Recently, MagTop received additional financing in the amount of 6 million PLN (about 1.5 M€), which will allow to extend its operation until December 31, 2023.
For the accomplishment of its research objectives MagTop makes use of expertise (highlights) and world-class laboratories (equipment) at the Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFPAN), where MagTop is located (Virtual Tour of the Institute). The strategic partner of MagTop is the University of Würzburg.
Building on complementary expertise of Prof. Dietl and Prof. Wojtowicz, and four research group leaders, MagTop in collaboration with IFPAN and the strategic partner unit pursues a comprehensive program aiming at searching for new phenomena at the intersection of magnetism, superconductivity, and topological properties. One of the outstanding features of such systems is the existence of topologically protected electronic states having character of Dirac, Majorana, and Weyl fermions, which live at structures’ boundaries, i.e., at surfaces, edges, and ends of three-, two-, and one-dimensional systems, respectively. Possible applications of newly discovered properties in electronics, spintronics, sensorics, energy harvesting, and THz applications are sought in cooperation with five high-tech enterprises: PREVAC, VIGO System S. A., PUREMAT Technologies, KRIOSYSTEM, MeasLine S. A.