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Dr Chiara Ciccarelli

Dr Chiara Ciccarelli

Harding University Lecturer

Royal Society University Research Fellow

Winton Advanced Research Fellow

Fellow and Director of Studies of St Catharine's College

Office Phone: (+44) 1223 3 37496


Chiara Ciccarelli completed her undergraduate and master studies at Tor Vergata University in Rome in 2008. She received her PhD from Cambridge in 2012 and from 2012 to 2016 she held a Junior Research Fellowship at Gonville and Caius College. In November 2016 she started her research group at the Cavendish Laboratory with a Winton Advanced Research Fellowship, in October 2017 she became Royal Society University Research Fellow. Since October 2019 she is a Harding Lecturer.

Research groups


Research Interests

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. Kun-Rok Jeon, C. Ciccarelli, A. J. Ferguson, H. Kurebayashi, L. F. Cohen, X. Montiel, M. Eschrig, J. W. A. Robinson & M. G. Blamire, Enhanced spin pumping into superconductors provides evidence for superconducting pure spin currents, Nature Materials 17, 499 (2018).
  2. C. Ciccarelli, L. Anderson, A. J. Ferguson, F. Gerhard, C. Gould, J. Gayles, J. Zelezny, L. Smejkal, Y. Zhe, L.W. Molenkamp, J. Sinova, F. Freimuth and T. Jungwirth, Room-temperature spin-orbit torque in NiMnSbNature Physics 12, 855–860 (2016).
  3. T. J. Huisman, C. Ciccarelli, A. Tsukamoto, R. V. Mikhaylovskiy, Th. Rasing and A.V. Kimel, Spin-photo-currents generated by femtosecond laser pulses in a ferrimagnetic GdFeCo/Pt bilayer, Applied Physics Letters 110, 072402 (2017).
  4. V. Tshitoyan, C. Ciccarelli,  A.P. Mihai,  M. Ali, A.C. Irvine, T. Moore T. Jungwirth and A.J. Ferguson, Electrical manipulation of ferromagnetic NiFe by antiferromagnetic IrMnPhysics Review B 92, 214406 (2015).
  5. C. Ciccarelli, K.M.D. Hals, A.C. Irvine, V. Novak, Y. Tserkovnyak, H. Kurebayashi, A. Brataas and A.J. Ferguson, Magnonic charge pumping via spin-orbit couplingNature Nanotechnology 10, 50-54 (2014)