André Thiaville, research director at CNRS, has since his PhD worked at Laboratoire de Physique des Solides in Orsay where he presently is in charge of the Imaging and Dynamics in Magnetism team. His PhD (1988) at CEA Grenoble was about Néel lines in domain walls of ferromagnetic bubble garnets, and their magneto-optical study.
His general areas of expertise are the physics and observation of magnetic structures, like domain walls, Bloch or Néel lines, Bloch points, vortices, and skyrmions.
The LPS team was in the 90’s one of the first to study the applicability of magnetic force microscopy to magnetic imaging, and recently actively participated to the pioneering development by ENS Cachan – Laboratoire Aimé Cotton of NV center magnetic microscopy.
Since 2004 André Thiaville is investigating the action of electrical current on magnetic structures (spin transfer torque and related effects).
In 2012 he started the study of the dynamics of domain walls in the presence of the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction in ultrathin films. He tries to make progress in parallel, as much as possible, on experiments and (micromagnetic) theory of the observed phenomena.