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Álvaro Núñez Vásquez

Phone(s): (56-2) 9784517 , (56-2) 6967359
Departamento de Física, FCFM, Universidad de Chile.
Avda. Blanco Encalada 2008, Santiago, Chile.

Professional Degree

  • Ph.D., Physics, Fall 2006 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX.
  • Thesis: Interaction between Collective Coordinates and Quasiparticles in Spintronic Devices.
  • Adviser: Prof. Allan H. MacDonald.
  • B.S., Physics, March 2000 Universidad de Chile Santiago, Chile.

Research Areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics.
  • Nanoscience, spintronics, nanomagnetism.
  • Non-equilibrium quantum mechanics.

National and International Committees and Honors

  • Graduate Fellow KITP. Santa Barbara. Fall 2006 Research Fellowship.
  • ECOS project-stagiere. January 2000. Research Assistantship at L‘Ecole Normale Superiore under supervision of Stephan Fauve.
  • Beca de Excelencia Académica. March 1994. Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas, Universidad de Chile.

Guieded Graduate Thesis (Since 2006)

Ph. D. Level
  • Roberto Troncoso Coña, Universidad de Chile.¡Ongoing, expected graduation 2011.
M. S. level
  • Anibal Lautaro González, Universidad de Chile Thesis: Dipolar effects on magnetic nanostructures Finished, July 2010.
  • Sebastián Díaz Santiago, Universidad de Chile.Thesis: Controlling spin interactions with electric currents Finished, July 2010.
  • Pablo Barrios, Universidad de Chile Ongoing, expected graduation 2011.
  • Paula Urrutia, Universidad de Chile Ongoing, expected graduation 2011.

Conferences (2006 to date)

Talks, seminars and outreach

Invited Talks

  • February 2005 Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA (USA).
Talk: Magnetization dynamics driven by non-equilibrium quasiparticles.
  • September 2006 Universidad T´ecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaíso, Chile.
Talk: Spintronics.
  • September 2006 Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
Talk: Spintronics.
  • October 2006 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso,Valparaíso, Chile.
Talk: Spin transfer and magnetization dynamics.
  • March 2008 Universidad de Alicante, Alicante, Spain.
Talk: Effective temperature and Gilbert damping of a current-driven spin.
  • November 2008 Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
Talk: Quenching points of dimeric single-molecule magnets.
  • March 2010 Universidad de Alicante, Alicante, Spain.
Talk: Room temperature Bose-Einstein condensation of Magnons.
  • March 2010 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile.
Talk: Bose-Einstein condensation of Magnons.
  • April 2010 Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
Talk: Coherence of a Bose-Einstein condensate of Magnons.

Contributed Talks

  • March 2002 “APS March Meeting 2002”, Indianapolis (USA).
Talk: The electronic structure of a fullerene field effect transistor”.
  • March 2003 “APS March Meeting 2003”, Austin, TX (USA).
Talk: Non equilibrium transport of model magnetic heterostructures.
  • April 2003 “DARPA Miniworkshop-Spintronics and Spinphotonics in InAs/GaSb-based Ferromagnetic Semiconductors”, Buffalo, NY (USA).
Talk: Theory of optically induced magnetization switching in GaAs:Mn.
  • March 2004 “APS March Meeting 2004”, Montreal (Canada).
Talk: Spin Transfer without Spin Conservation.
  • March 2005 “APS March Meeting 2005”, Los Angeles, CA (USA).
Talk: Theory of Transport in diluted magnetic semiconductors heterostructures.
  • November 2008 SOCHIFI 2008. Valparaso.
Talk: Domain Wall Motion.
  • January 2009 Workshop on decoherence, correlations and spin effects in Nanostructured Materials, MWN/CIAM, Via del Mar, Chile
Talk: Magnetization Tunneling: beyond the giant spin approximation.
  • July 2009 Workshop Nucleo Cientifico Milenio, Coya, Chile.
Talk: Dzyalonshinskii-Moriya Spin interaction in molecular magnets.
  • July 2010 Workshop Nucleo Cientifico Milenio, Coya, Chile.
Talk: Colossal anisotropy in diluted magnetic topological insulators.

Talks for non specialized audiences

  • January 2009 Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
Talk: Quantum Mechanics, so far … so close!
  • January 2010 Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
Talk: Quantum Mechanics, so far … so close!
  • July 2010 Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
Talk: LASER: 50 years of light and magic.

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