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Dave Schenker

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dave joined the Nanoscale Materials and Device Group at Boise State University after his first semester as an undergraduate student in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering in the spring of 2008. Dave first worked with the fabrication of nanoscale test structures. Since the spring of 2009, Dave has worked on a joint project for Dr. Peter Müllner characterizing nickel manganese gallium shape memory alloys. Dave’s work consists mainly of imaging and characterizing the topography and magnetic stray fields using an atomic force microscope.

Currently, Dave is investigating a unique magnetic domain structure that has recently been found to exist in nickel manganese gallium.

Instruments and Techniques

  • Atomic Force Microscopy: Digital Instruments/Veeco Dimension 3000
    • Tapping, Magnetic Force Microscopy
  • Scanning Electron Microscope: Hitachi S-4500 FE-SEM
    • Imaging, Electron Beam Lithography
  • Physical Vapor Deposition: custom built co-sputter system
  • Photolithography: Quintel Q-4000 Contact Aligner
  • Film-thickness Measurements: Nanometrics 212 Thin Film Systems 7200-1453 REV1 Nanospec

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

None at this time.

Conference Publications

None at this time.

Conference Presentations and Posters

  • Magnetic Characterization of Ni-Mn-Ga in the Martensite and Austenite Phases. Matthew Reinhold, Dave Schenker, Paul Lindquist, William Knowlton, Peter Müllner. Poster presentation at 6th annual Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Conference: 2009
  • Twin Boundaries and Self-Organization of Magnetic Structures in Ni-Mn-Ga. Dave Schenker, William Knowlton, Peter Müllner. Poster presentation at 7th annual Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Conference: 2010
  • Magnetic Spike Domains in Nickel Manganese Gallium. Dave Schenker, Chad Watson, William Knowlton, Peter Müllner. Poster presentation at 8th annual Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Conference: 2011