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Abdelghani Laraoui

Abdelghani Laraoui is a Research Assistant professor at the University of New Mexico - Center of High Technology Materials. Abdelgahni earned his PhD in Physics from the University of Strasbourg (France) in 2007. He worked in the group of Dr. Jean-Yves Bigot – a pioneer group in femtomagnetism- at the Institute of Physics and Chemistry of Materials of Strasbourg (IPCMS). He developed a time resolved magneto-optical microscope to study the spin dynamics of magnetic nanostructures excited with femtosecond laser pulses and demonstrated for the first time the ultrafast gyroscopic magnetization dynamics that precedes the thermal fluctuations in superparamgnetic nanoparticles (size < 5 nm).

Soon after his graduation, Abdelghani received the Marie Curie Grant from the European Research Training Network to carry a postdoctoral position at the University of Kaiserslautern (Germany) in the group of Prof. Burkard Hillebrands. He used Brillouin Light Scattering Microscopy to study the spin current induced spin-wave emission in ferromagnetic nanostructures for spintronics applications. Abdelghani spent two-months visits at Imperial College of London in the group of Prof. Russell Cowburn for magneto-optical characterization of spin current induced domain wall motion in ferromagnetic nanowires, and at University of Paris-Sud in the group of Dr. Jacques Miltat for modeling current distribution and Oersted field in spin-torque nano-oscillators.

In April 2009, Abdelghani joined the group of Prof. Carlos Meriles at CUNY-City College of New York to work on a methodology to use the spin of nitrogen vacancy center in diamond as a probe for high-resolution magnetic and temperature sensing. He worked on different research projects including: Development a novel approach for imaging thermal conductivity and temperature at the nanometer scale using diamond nanocrystal – contained Nitrogen Vacancy Centers (NVC) - attached to a thermal AFM tip, introducing novel methods for hyperpolarizing nuclear spins at arbitrary magnetic fields, and implementing NVC-assisted magnetometry of paramagnetic centers in diamond nanocrystals. He collaborated with researchers from MIT, Columbia University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of Stuttgart.

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