Andrew D. Kent

Professor of Physics
New York University

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Research Interests:

Magnetism and transport in mesoscopic systems; magnetic quantum tunneling and coherence in nanostructures; spin-dependence electron transport (spintronics), giant magnetoresistance; spin-angular momentum transfer; scanning probe microscopy of nanostructured materials; novel local probes of cooperative phenomena in nanomagnets


Prof. Andrew Kent conducts research in experimental condensed matter physics and teaches at New York University. He is the founder of Spin-Transfer Technologies, Inc., a company that is developing and commercialization a new type of computer memory known as orthogonal spin transfer magnetic random access memory, which he invented at NYU. This is a memory that is both much faster and uses less energy than conventional approaches. His company has raised over $100 million in funding from Allied Minds and Invesco Asset Management.

Prof. Kent received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and B.S. degree from Cornell University. He conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Geneva in Switzerland and the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in New York. Kent is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and in 2013 he received an honorary doctorate (“Docteur Honoris Causa”) from the University of Lorraine in France.

External Affiliations:

  • 1984-present: American Physical Society
  • 2007-2010: American Association for athe Advancement of Science, 1996-present, APS Committee on International Freedom of Scientists
  • 2009-2102: IEEE and Member of IEEE Magnetics Society, 2008-present; Chair of GMAG, The APS Topical Group on Magnetism and its Applications
  • 2013: Program Co-Chair Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Conference
  • 2010-2015: Advisory Committee to the Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
  • 2013-2016: Executive Committee of DCMP, APS Division of Condensed Matter Physics
  • 2011-present: Advisory Board of the Committee of Concerned Scientists

Fellowships & Honors:

  • Golden Dozen Teaching Award, New York University, 2015
  • "Docteur Honoris Causa" (Honorary Doctorate), University of Lorraine, France 2013
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2006
  • Golden Dozen Teaching Award, New York University, 1997

Selected Publications:

  • A. D. Kent, J. Yu, U. Ruediger, and S. S. P. Parkin, Domain wall resistivity in epitaxial ferromagnetic thin film microstructures, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 13, R461-488 (2001)
  • B. Özyilmaz, A. D. Kent, D. Monsma, J. Z. Sun, M. J. Rooks and R. H. Koch, Current-induced magnetization reversal in high magnetic fields in Co/Cu/Cu Nanopillars, Physical Review Letters 91, 067203 (2003)
  • E. del Barco, A. D. Kent, E.-C. Yang and D. N. Hendrickson, Quantum Superposition of High Spin States in Single Molecule Magnet Ni4,Physical Review Letters 93, 157202 (2004) 
  • B. Özyilmaz, A. D. Kent, J. Z. Sun and R. H. Koch, Current Induced Excitations in Single Cobalt Ferromagnetic Layer Nanopillars, Physical Review Letters 93, 176604 (2004)
  • A. D. Kent, B. Özyilmaz and E. del Barco, Spin-Transfer Induced Precessional Magnetization Reversal, Applied Physics Letters 84, 3897 (2004)
  • E. del Barco, A. D. Kent, S. Hill, J. M. North, N.S. Dalal, E. M. Rumberger, D. N. Hendrickson, N. Chakov and G. Christou, Magnetic Quantum Tunneling in the Single Molecule Magnet Mn12-acetate, Journal of Low Temperature Physics 140, 119 (2005)
  • K. Martens, D. L. Stein and A. D. Kent, Magnetization reversal in nanoscopic ferromagnetic rings, Physical Review B 73, 054413 (2006)
  • A. D. Kent, “Spin-transfer in high magnetic fields and single magnetic layer nanopillars,” Chapter in Handbook of Magnetism and Advanced Magnetic Materials, Kronmuller, H. and Parkin S. (eds). John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK pp 2611-2629, 2007.
  • W. Chen, J.-M. L. Beaujour, G. de Loubens, A. D. Kent and J. Z. Sun “Spin-torque driven ferromagnetic resonance of Co/Ni synthetic layers in spin valves,” Applied Physics Letters 92, 012507 (2008)
  • G. de Loubens, D. A. Garanin, C. C. Beedle, D. N. Hendrickson, and A. D. Kent, “Magnetization relaxation in the single molecule magnet Ni4 under continuous microwave irradiation,” Europhysics Letters 83, 37006 (2008)
  • D. Bedau, H. Liu, J-J. Bouzaglou, A. D. Kent, J. Z. Sun, J. A. Katine, E. E. Fullerton and S. Mangin, Ultrafast Spin-Transfer Switching in Spin Valve Nanopillars with Perpendicular Anisotropy, Applied Physics Letters 96, 022514 (2010)
  • H. Liu, D. Bedau, D. Backes, J. A. Katine, J. Langer, and A. D. Kent, Ultrafast switching in magnetic tunnel junction based orthogonal spin,Applied Physics Letters 97, 242510 (2010)
  • F. Macia, A. D. Kent and F. Hoppenstead, Spin-wave interference patterns created by spin-torque nano-oscillators for memory and computation, Nanotechnology 22, 095301 (2011)
  • H. Liu, D. Bedau, D. Backes, J. Katine, and A. D. Kent, Precessional Reversal in Orthogonal Spin Transfer Magnetic Random Access Memory Devices, Applied Physics Letters 101, 032403 (2012)
  • A. A. Brataas, A. D. Kent, H. Ohno, “Current Current-Induced Torques in Magnetic Materials” Invited Review Article, Nature Materials 11, 372 (2012)
  • P. Subedi, Velez, F. Macia, S. Li, M. P. Sarachik, J. Tejada, S. Mukherjee, G. Christou, and A. D. Kent, Onset of a Propagating Self-Sustained Spin Reversal Front in a Magnetic System, Physical Review Letters 110, 207203 (2013)