Prof. Jeff Bokor

Principal Investigator

National Semiconductor Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Associate Dean for Research

Office: 510 Sutardja Dai Hall
Email: jbokor AT eecs DOT berkeley DOT edu
Prof Bokor's Website


Mark Nowakowski

Postdoctoral Researcher
nowakows AT berkeley DOT edu

Mark received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2005 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010 and 2011.

His research interests have focused on developing energy efficient magnetic technologies in a wide variety of materials, which include metals, semiconductors, ferromagnetic semiconductors, complex oxides, multiferroics, and suspended magnetic particles for applications such as quantum computation, memory, logic, sensing, and microfluidic particle manipulation. He has characterized these systems with optical, synchrotron x-ray, and transport-based measurements and has developed time-resolved optical and x-ray methods to study fundamental nanoscale magnetic properties on ultrafast timescales.


Jon Gorchon

Postdoctoral Fellow
jgorchon AT lbl DOT gov

Jon received his engineering degree and M.A. in nanosciences in 2011 from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) of Toulouse, France. During his studies he completed an exchange year in Tohoku University in Sendai (Japan), where he initiated his lab training in the Information and Storage Systems group. He then worked as a PhD student on field and current induced magnetisation dynamics in metallic and semiconducting ferromagnets at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides in Orsay (near Paris).

After he completed his PhD in 2014, he joined the Bokor group at UC Berkeley in order to study ultrafast magnetisation dynamics and spin-orbital effects by using an amplified femtosecond laser and different magnetic probing techniques such as MOKE or MSHG.


Yang Yang

4th year graduate student, MSE
y-yang AT berkeley DOT edu

Yang got his B.S. in mathematics and physics from Tsinghua University, China. Yang works on studying ultrafast spin dynamics with femtosecond laser. To investigate ultrafast spin dynamics triggered by ultrashort laser pulse (60fs), he built up a Time-Resolved Magneto Optic Kerr Effect (TRMOKE) setup. With this we are able to probe the spin dynamics within one picosecond.

He is working on injecting picosecond electrical pulses, instead of laser pulses, to initiate the spin dynamics. This may result in electrical control magnetism at picosecond time scales.


Akshay Pattabi

2nd year graduate student, EECS
akshaypattabi AT berkeley DOT edu

Akshay received his B.Tech. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India in 2014.

His research interests include nanomagnetism and ultrafast magnetization dynamics, and he is currently working on a project on Spin Hall Effect. Spin Hall Effect is the creation of a spin imbalance transverse to the direction of charge flow in materials with high spin-orbit coupling. Potential applications of this phenomenon include integration into spintronic devices for memory and logic. The aim of the project is to measure Spin Hall Effect in different metals optically through magnetization induced second harmonic generation.


Juan Pablo "JP" Llinás

2nd year graduate student, EECS
jpllinas AT berkeley DOT edu

JP received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2014.

JP investigates the electrical transport and optical properties of self-assembled graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) and GNR heterojunctions via device measurements and optical spectroscopy. His goal is to fabricate high performance GNR devices.