Arbeitsgruppe Prof. Hillebrands

Welcome to the magnetism group!

We are dedicated to cutting-edge research in the field of magnonics and related areas combined with excellent teaching.

Magnonics is a subfield of spintronics, which addresses the utilization of the spin degree of freedom for applications in information and communication technologies. We study „magnetic waves“, which are spin waves and their quanta called magnons, and we address new fundamental phenomena and their potential for applications. A particular focus is on macroscopic quantum phenomena such as supercurrents and their utilization, as well as on the development of magnonic devices for the information technology.

Our research is embedded in the Collaborative Research Center 173 „Spin+X“ funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, as well as by several national, European and international projects. We offer opportunities for qualification in the frames of student assistantships, bachelor, master diploma and PhD projects in an international environment.



The advanced research workshop "Functional Spintronic Nanomaterials for Radiation Detection and Energy Harvesting" (SPINNANO-2023) was successfully held at the National Technical University of Ukraine "Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" (Kyiv, Ukraine) with the support of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme and in partnership with the University of Kaiserslautern-Landau.

Three days of exciting presentations and scientific debates were concluded by an online panel discussion moderated by the conference co-chairs Prof. Dr Burkard Hillebrands and Dr Igor Vladymyrskyi on the scientific cooperation between Ukrainian scientific and educational institutions within the framework of European and national research funding programs.

We continue our fruitful cooperation with Ukrainian scholars and, like other participants in this workshop from Ukraine and abroad, express our solidarity with the Ukrainian people in these difficult times and look forward to meeting our colleagues in person in Ukraine soon after the Ukrainian victory in this terrible war.

Selected videos of the invited talks, which the speakers agreed to distribute, are collected in the SPINNANO-2023 YouTube playlist.


From September 25 to 27, 2023, the advanced research workshop "Functional Spintronic Nanomaterials for Radiation Detection and Energy Harvesting" (SPINNANO-2023) supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme will be held in the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, in a hybrid format.
The conference is organized by the University of Kaiserslautern-Landau and the National Technical University of Ukraine "Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" (Kyiv, Ukraine).

The main objectives of the workshop are:

  • To engage experts in the fields of fundamental and applied nanomagnetism, material science and related areas from Ukraine, Germany and other NATO member and partner countries in conversation on the fundamental physical concepts but also on the development of novel spintronic structures;
  • To enhance the knowledge and qualification of young scientists working in the field of spin-torque nano-oscillators and related areas of modern spintronics and spinorbitronics;
  • To consolidate NATO and partner countries around improving defense technologies against heavy weapons on their borders and provide a base for new research collaborations.

Prof. Dr. Burkard Hillebrands and Dr. Igor Vladymyrskyi from Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute are co-chairs of this workshop.

We consider the participation of our group in the organization of this scientific event not only as a contribution to the further development of spintronics and magnonics, but also as a support of Ukrainian science in the context of the aggressive war unleashed by the Russian Federation, and of the entire Ukrainian people in their struggle for freedom and independence.


Anna Maria Friedel and David Breitbach receive best poster prize at Magnonics 2023

Our PhD students Anna Maria Friedel and David Breitbach both received a best poster prize at the Magnonics 2023 Conference in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France.

David Breitbach presented a poster on “Bistability based Magnon Computing”, which is part of his PhD work under supervision of Jun. Prof. Philipp Pirro. Anna Maria Friedel presented a poster on “Magnetisation dynamics of epitaxial Co2MnSi / X / Co2MnAl Heusler bilayers with metallic and non-metallic interlayers”. This work is part of her PhD equally supervised by Jun. Prof. Philipp Pirro in an international joint PhD program with the Institut Jean Lamour in Nancy.

Both students received a travel grant by the RPTU Nachwuchsring for their trip to the conference in France.

Recent Publications

Correlation-enhanced interaction of a Bose-Einstein condensate with parametric magnon pairs and virtual magnons
V. S. L'vov, A. Pomyalov, D. A. Bozhko, B. Hillebrands, A. A. Serga
Phys. Rev. Lett. 131, 156705 (2023)

Resonant excitation of vortex gyrotropic mode via surface acoustic waves
A. Koujok, A. Riveros, D. R. Rodrigues, G. Finocchio, M. Weiler, A. Hamadeh, P. Pirro
Appl. Phys. Lett. 123, 132403 (2023)

Stimulated amplification of propagating spin waves
D. Breitbach, M. Schneider, F. Kohl, L. Scheuer, B. Heinz, R. O. Serha, J. Maskill, T. Brächer, B. Lägel, C. Dubs, V. S. Tiberkevich, A. N. Slavin, A. A. Serga, B. Hillebrands, A. V. Chumak, P. Pirro
Phys. Rev. Lett. 131, 156701 (2023)

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