Randall Victora

Professor Randall Victora

Randall Victora

Professor, Centennial Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Kenneth H. Keller Hall
Room 6-157
200 Union Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


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

Professional Background

Magnetism and magnetics

Research Interests

Victora Research Group Site

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.

Teaching Subjects
EE 5653 Principles of Magnetic Materials

Honors and Awards

Centennial Chair
IEEE Magnetics Society Achievement Award 
Distinguished University Teaching Professor
2009, 2010 President, IEEE Magnetics Society 
2006 Technical Achievement Award of Information Storage Industry Consortium 
2005 General Chairman, 50th Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
2004 IEEE Fellow for contributions to the exploration of magnetic and optical properties of materials and devices
2001 Technical Achievement Award of Information Storage Industry Consortium
1997 American Physical Society Fellow for quantitatively accurate predictions of magnetic hysteresis, innovative calculations of the magnetic and electronic structure for heterogeneous systems, and the extension of these results to the development of practical materials

Selected Publications

“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)