Over the last century, the phenomenon of controlling the flow of electrons has resulted in electronic devices, which have given birth to diverse applications ranging from information processing to biomedical technology. This journey from phenomenon to applications is collectively referred to as Information Technology (IT) revolution. In recent years, emergence of novel application space (such as Internet of Things (IOT), Big Data applications, Brain-machine iterfaces and Electroceuticals), in conjunction with increased dissipation in ever shrinking present-day electronic devices, has created a need to utilize alternative condensed matter phenomena for "rebooting the IT revolution", which is the central theme of our group. To this end, we are interested in building end-to-end theoretical models starting from predicting and analyzing novel phenomena, in close collaboration with experimentalists, to constructing application specific compact models, which can be utilized by circuit designers to build devices of the future.
One particular phenomenon our group focuses on is the control of magnetic order. Although magnetism has been known to mankind from the 6th century BC, its application in information processing has been limited. We investigate novel ways to control magnetism via electrical, mechanical, thermal and optical means in order to fill this gap. In particular, we are interested in using these recently discovered schemes for realizing magnet-based energy-efficient computing, communication, quantum and biomedical device applications.