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2010 Superconductivity Group Prize

2010 Superconductivity Group Prize

Jason Robinson in the sputtering lab of the Device Materials Group

January 27, 2011 (PA2).  The Institute of Physics (IOP) Superconductivity Group, UK, announced the winner of the 2010 IOP Superconductivity Group Prize.  This prize is awarded annually for a very significant contribution to advances in superconductivity. This year’s winner is Jason Robinson from the University of Cambridge, in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy. They have been investigating hybrid superconducting-ferromagnetic systems, and the highlight of Jason’s work includes conclusive proof that triplet pairing can be created in ferromagnets using the spin-mixing effect. The most relevant papers by Jason et al. are listed as references [1-4], with links provided. The IOP announcement is available here.

Jason was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, on October 28th 1980.  He studied at Imperial College London (2000-2004) and prepared part of his Master’s thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, in the Magnetic Materials and Devices group led Caroline Ross (2003-2004). In 2004 he obtained his Master of Engineering degree in Materials Science at Imperial College London. Jason’s doctoral research in Cambridge under Mark Blamire, the leader of the Device Materials Group, was on “Strongly Ferromagnetic Josephson P Junctions”.  He graduated with a Ph.D. in 2007 and continued with Mark (2007-2008) as a post-doctoral Research Scientist. In 2008 he was elected to a Research Fellowship at St John’s College, University of Cambridge.

[1]  JWA Robinson, JDS Witt, MG Blamire, “Controlled Injection of Spin-Triplet Supercurrents into a Strong Ferromagnet”, Science 329, 59 (2010)
[2] JWA Robinson, GB Halász, AI Buzdin, MG Blamire, “Enhanced supercurrents in Josephson junctions containing non-parallel ferromagnetic domains”, Physical Review Letters 104, 207001   (2010) 
[3] JWA Robinson, ZH Barber, MG Blamire, “Strong Ferromagnetic Josephson Devices with Optimized Magnetism”, Applied Physics Letters 95, 14 (2009) 
[4] GB Halasz, JWA Robinson, JF Annett, MG Blamire, “Critical current of a Josephson junction containing a conical magnet”, Physical Review B 79, 224505 (2009)