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Department of Physics

The Cavendish Laboratory


Chiara Ciccarelli is Professor of Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. She completed her undergraduate and master studies at Tor Vergata University in Rome. After her PhD in Cambridge she held a Junior Research Fellowship at Gonville and Caius College. In 2017 she started her research group at the Cavendish Laboratory with a Winton Advanced Research Fellowship. She is a Royal Society University Research Fellow since October 2017. In 2023 she was nominated Wohlfarth Lecturer by the Institute of Physics in recognition of her "significant contributions to the understanding of magnetism" and has been awarded an ERC consolidator grant.


Chiara Ciccarelli's research focuses on studying spin-dynamics in magnetically ordered materials, from ferromagnets to anti-ferromagnets to chiral magnets. She is interested in studying spin-charge interconversion for the purpose of electrically reading and writing the spin state and the ultimate speed with which this can be achieved. Her past research mainly focused on microwave studies. Since 2016 she has setup a time-resolved THz spectroscopy lab at the Maxwell Centre, which allows studying faster spin dynamics in the picoseconds timescale.


Key publications: 
  1. Farhan Nur Kholid, […] & C. Ciccarelli, The importance of the interface for picosecond spin pumping in antiferromagnet-heavy metal heterostructures, Nature Communications 14, 538 (2023).

  2. J. Zelezny, [...], C. Ciccarelli, Unidirectional magnetoresistance and spin-orbit torque in NiMnSb, Phys. Rev. B 104, 054429 (2021).

  3. Kun-Rok Jeon, C. Ciccarelli, et al., Enhanced spin pumping into superconductors provides evidence for superconducting pure spin currents, Nature Materials 17, 499 (2018).

  4. C. Ciccarelli, et al., Room-temperature spin-orbit torque in NiMnSbNature Physics 12, 855–860 (2016).

  5. C. Ciccarelli, et al., Magnonic charge pumping via spin-orbit couplingNature Nanotechnology 10, 50-54 (2014)

Professor of Physics
Harding Lecturer in Physics
Royal Society University Research Fellow
Fellow and Director of Studies of St Catharine's College
Dr Chiara  Ciccarelli

Contact Details

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