Department of Earth Sciences
Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences

2015 First Order Reversal Curve (FORC) Workshop

2015 First Order Reversal Curve (FORC) Workshop

July 23-24, 2015

A Research Symposia and Hands-On Training

on the Use of FORCs to Characterize Magnetic Materials




Workshop goals.

First order reversal curves (FORCs) are an elegant, nondestructive tool for characterizing the magnetic behavior of carefully engineered materials as well as natural samples. Learn more about the fundamental theory underlying this tool and take part in hands-on training to learn how to effectively acquire and process FORC data at the 2015 FORC Workshop. This meeting will be held from July 23-24, 2015 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The 2-day program is targeted at scientists and engineers (including graduate students and early career scientists) whose research involves the study of magnetic materials. The first day of the workshop will begin with an introduction to the theory underlying the FORC technique and will lead into a symposium of invited speakers from a range of disciplines, including Richard Harrison (Dept. Earth Sciences, Univ. Cambridge), Kai Liu (Dept. of Physics, UC Davis), Alexandru Stancu (Dept. of Physics, Cuza University), Gergely Zimanyi (Dept. of Physics, UC Davis), and Victorino Franco (Condensed Matter Physics Dept., Sevilla Univ.). The afternoon will feature a poster session and food and wine reception.  The second day of the workshop will consist of hands-on demonstrations that will train participants on the best practices associated with acquiring high quality FORC data and optimizing the processing of the data.


Participant costs will include a $80 registration fee and travel to and from Minneapolis. The registration fee covers meals (break, lunch, and light dinner on July 23rd, as well as breakfast and lunch on July 24th). Housing for all workshop participants for the nights of July 22nd and July 23rd will be provided free-of-charge through generous support from Lake Shore Cryotronics. Workshop participants will stay in apartment style rooms in Yudof Hall, which is adjacent to the Mississippi River, the Weisman Art Museum, and Coffman Memorial Union.  Parking will be available for workshop participants as needed. Participants are also welcome to make alternative housing arrangements, and two nearby hotels include the Commons Hotel and the Days Inn University Hotel. Workshop lectures and hands-on training will take place in the Johnson Great Room of the McNamara Alumni Center, which is a 10 minute walk from Yudof Hall. Campus maps for the University of Minnesota can be downloaded here.

Both Yudof Hall and the McNamara Alumni Center are conveniently located on the Green Line of the METRO Light Rail System.  Participants can take the light rail directly from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (via the Blue Line) to the University of Minnesota for $2.25.  Alternatively, taxis from the airport to the University of Minnesota cost approximately $35.00

Applications must be received by the deadline, July 20, 2015.



Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. You may register and pay the $80 fee by using the link below. Note that your registration will not be complete until your credit-card payment has been received.

To Register, follow the Register Now! link.

Participants are encouraged (but not required) to present a poster on any aspect of their magnetism research on the evening of Thursday, Jult 23rd.  Each poster must fit within a 4 foot by 4 foot space.  Recipients of scholarships are required to present posters.  

A digital version of the program can be downloaded HERE.

Scholarship Support

This workshop is being generously supported by Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc., and the University of Minnesota.  We have received additional funding to support travel scholarships to help graduate students and junior researchers (postdocs and beginning professors) attend the meeting and offset the registration cost.  If you are interested in these funds, please indicate as much on your registration and follow the directions on the Scholarship Information page.  

Questions about the 2015 FORC Workshop should be directed to the chief organizers Josh Feinberg (Institute for Rock Magnetism, Univ. Minnesota, and Leonard Spinu (Advanced Materials Research Institute, Univ. New Orleans,

Download the demonstration FORC data files used by Richard Harrison on Friday, July 24th:



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