Dr Joseph Barker


Joseph Barker obtained his PhD at the University of York. He then took a position as an assistant professor in the Theoretical Physics Group of the Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University in Japan. He moved to Leeds in 2018 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow.

Research interests

My group's research is into magnetic materials and their applications, specialising in the modelling of magnetic materials using large scale computer simulations, calculating the thermodynamic and dynamical behaviour, including non-equilibrium behaviour and phase transitions. We aim to perform quantitative calculations of materials for technological or experimental applications. We have developed an in-house atomistic spin dynamics package over 10 years which has been GPU accelerate from the beginning. Our recent interests have been in insulator spintronics, studing materials such as yttrium iron garnet. We have also been trying to make methodological advances to include more quantum effects in our calculation to make results quantitatively accurate across temperature ranges.

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  • PhD - University of York
  • MPhys (Hons) - University of York

Professional memberships

  • Institute of Physics
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