Randall Victora

Randall Victora


Research Area: Biomagnetic Applications, Magnetic Recording, Magnetics, Nanotechnology (Nanomagnetism), Spintronics

6-157 Keller Hall

Area of Expertise:

Magnetism and magnetics

Faculty Affiliations:

ECE Department Head; Center for Micromagnetics and Information Technology; Graduate faculty – Physics


Ph.D., Physics, 1985, University of California, Berkeley, CA, United States
B.S., Math, 1980, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States
B.S., Physics, 1980, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States


IEEE Magnetics Society Achievement Award

Distinguished University Teaching Professor

Technical Achievement Award of Information Storage Industry Consortium (2001, 2006)

General Chairman, 50th Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (2005)

President, IEEE Magnetics Society (2009, 2010)

Fellow, American Physical Society

Fellow, IEEE


My research involves the theory and modeling of magnetic materials for information storage, spintronics, and biomedical applications. I try to predict macroscopic properties, such as hysteresis loops, ferromagnetic relaxation, magnetoresistance, and magnetic recording noise, from atomic and microscopic information. My two primary tools are micromagnetic simulation and electronic structure theory based on the local density approximation. My choice of research problem is strongly motivated by my industrial experience in the areas of magnetic and optical recording. Typically, my projects involve extensive collaboration with experimentalists.


“Enhancement of Giant Magnetoresistance and Oscillation by Wave-vector Filtering in Fe/Ag/Fe/InAs/Ag”, Z. Wang and R.H. Victora, Phys. Rev. B 94, 245415 (2016)

“Dual Referenced Composite Free Layer Design for Improved Switching Efficiency of Spin-Transfer Torque Random Access Memory”, R. Bell, J. Hu, and R. H. Victora, IEEE Electron Device Letters 37, 1108 (2016)

“Composite Media for High Density Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording”, Z. Liu, Y. Jiao, and R.H. Victora, Appl. Phys. Lett. 108, 232402 (2016)

“Optical Modeling of Media for Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording”, A. Ghoreyshi and R.H. Victora, Appl. Phys. Lett. 108, 092401 (2016)

“Effect of Substitutional Defects on Kambersky Damping in L10 Magnetic Materials”, T. Qu and R.H. Victora, Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 072404 (2015)

“Novel System Design for Readback at 10 Terabits per Square Inch User Areal Density”, Y. Wang, M.F. Erden, and R.H. Victora, IEEE Magnetics Letters 3, 4500304 (2012)

“Composite Media for Perpendicular Magnetic Recording”, R.H. Victora and X. Shen, IEEE Trans. Magn. 41, 537 (2005)

“Intrinsic non-linear ferromagnetic relaxation in thin metallic films”, A. Yu. Dobin and R.H. Victora, Physical Review Letters 90, 167203 (2003)