New magnetic force technology discussed at free lecture

How are magnetic materials important in developing medical and information technology? In a free lecture, a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point assistant professor will share his research as well as how his students are building a force detector to learn more about microscopic nanomagnets.

“Ultra-Sensitive Magnetic Microscopy of Individual Nanomagnets” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, by Palash Banerjee of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Held in the Pinery Room of the Portage County Library, 1001 Main St., Stevens Point, the presentation is the fifth in a 2013-14 College of Letters and Science Community Lecture Series.

“Our work in the lab is focused on two contemporary topics in magnetics research; studying the properties of new magnetic states for possible use in next-generation data storage devices, and developing a sensor for imaging magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications,” said Banerjee.  “By working on these projects, students acquire a range of technical skills that should help them as they transition from students to scientific and technical professionals.”

Banerjee earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, and his Ph.D. from Boston University, Massachusetts. He teaches general physics, college physics for students in the pre-professional programs and experimental physics for upper level physics majors. His research interests are in studying the behavior of nanomagnets, and in developing sensitive instruments to detect extremely weak forces.

The entire College of Letters and Science Community Lecture Series schedule and previously recorded videos may be viewed at

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