By Linda DuShane White
From childhood on we are fascinated by magnets, seldom
realizing how intrinsic magnetism is to everyday life: refrigerator
magnets, the compass, north and south poles, or even someone’s magnetic
Joachim Stöhr, Professor and Deputy Director of SSRL (Photo
courtesy of Joachim Stöhr)
On Tuesday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. join speaker Joachim
Stöhr (SSRL) in Panofsky Auditorium as he entertains and enlightens us on
the complex phenomenon of magnetism, how much ongoing research deals with
the topic and how deeply it penetrates our modern industrialized world.
Magnetism is of special interest to valley residents
because, says Stöhr, "Most people think of Silicon Valley as building
computer chips and they don’t realize that another very important part of
a computer, namely data storage, is a big part of the importance of the
valley. One could also call it Magnetic Valley."
Stöhr will share the excitement of the science behind
magnetism, its long history, scientific breakthroughs in understanding and
how it has made possible the technology we depend on today. We will also
learn how research at SSRL is addressing some of the forefront issues in
magnetism research and technology today.
Stöhr became an SSRL faculty member in 2000 after almost
20 years at EXXON and IBM. Born in Germany, he received his undergraduate
degree from Bonn University, his Masters from Washington State University
and his Ph.D. from the Technical University in Munich. His interest in
magnetism began when he directed magnetism research at the IBM Almaden
Research Center where, Stöhr said, "The data originated here in the late
1950’s with IBM San Jose building its first magnetic storage system."
The public lecture is free and no reservations are
necessary. A photo ID is required to enter the Lab.
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