Magnetics and Optics Research International Symposium

June 23-26, 2019, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

1. Overview


In 1980, magneto-optical (MO) disk memory was developed, which was a longstanding dream for researchers of magnetic thin film memory. Since that time, R & D activities to commercialize MO disk memory became active. Many companies also aimed at commercialization of magneto-optical disks and promoted the international standardization. As a result, 5.25 inch MO disk system was commercialized in 1989 and 3.5 inch MO disk system in 1991.

Based on these backgrounds, in order to activate a wide range of research and development from fundamentals to applications of MO technology, the first MO symposium was held at Nihon University Hall in Tokyo in 1991.

That is the Magneto-Optical Recording International Symposium (MORIS).

The first 15 years

From the first MORIS (1991) to the ninth MORIS (2004), the advances in MO disk technology were remarkable, and the areal recording density improved about two orders of magnitude.

During this period, there appeared many practical R & D themes related to MO disks. Those are enhancement of magneto-optical Kerr effect, direct overwrite technologies, magnetic super-resolution readout method, magnetic domain expansion readout method, near-field recording, etc. Also, fundamental research topics, such as magneto-optical effects, magnetism, domain wall dynamics, spin dynamics, nano-observations, and so on were discussed.

Turning point

Since the ninth MORIS (2004), the presentations on magneto-optical recording technology had decreased gradually, and a new research field, hybrid recording (or heat assisted magnetic recording) to enhance the areal density of hard disk drive, had grown.

In order to create new applications by using accumulated knowledge of the MO technology, the 10th MORIS (2006) and the 11th MORIS (2007) were held as Workshop on Thermal and Optical Magnetic Materials and Devices. The two MORIS became meaningful symposia as a turning point of MORIS that lasted 15 years.

Current MORIS

From the 12th MORIS (2009), we modified the title of the conference as "Magnetics and Optics Research International Symposium" (MORIS) to discuss growing fields related to magnetic storage and memory.

Current MORIS is the forum for discussing fundamental and applied researches in the area of magnetic, thermo-magnetic, and magneto-optical phenomena, incorporating related research topics such as magnonics, spin-photonics, optics and photonics, spin-electronics, nano-fabrication, and novel magneto-optical materials/structures.

A lot of papers on new devices, materials, and analytical techniques for advanced information storage, processing, and display have also been submitted.


Summary of the past MORIS symposium    
Conference site
Conference Chair
Steering Chair
Papers  in digest
Participants/ Countries
1st 1991 Apr.16-18 Nihon University Hall, Tokyo, Japan S. Uchiyama N. Imamura 121 409/15
2nd 1992 Dec.7-9 Hotel Park Tucson, Tucson, AZ, U.S.A., T. Chen T. Suzuki 98 158/13
3rd 1994 Sep.27-29 Surugadai Memorial Hall Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan N. Imamura A. Itoh 127 245/14
4th 1996 Apr.29-May 2 Leeuwenhorst Conference Centre, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands R. Krishnan / N. Imamura J. C. Lodder / A. Itoh 148 150/17
5th 1997 Oct. 27-31 Joint MORIS/ISOM, Yamagata big wing, Yamagata, Japan T. Suzuki N. Ota 130 370/14
6th 1999 Jan. 10-13 Doubletree Hotel Monterey, CA, U.S.A. G. Sincerbox / A. Itoh M. Chen / F. Tanaka 77 150/14
7th 2000 Oct. 30-Nov.2 Joint MORIS/APDSC, Nagoya Congress Center, Aichi, Japan N. Ota S. Tsunashima / T. Suzuki 107 175/12
8th 2002 May 5-8 Ker-Moor Hotel, Benodet, Brittany, France H. Le Gall / T. Suzuki N. Keller / K. Sato 104 130/17
9th 2004 May 16-19 Yokohama symposia,  Kanagawa, Japan A. Itoh M. Kaneko 95 152/14
10th 2006 Jun. 6-8 Tomiura Royal Hotel, Chiba, Japan M. Kaneko K. Nakagawa 56 114/11
11th 2007 May 14-16 Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A. T. E. Schlesinger J. A. Bain 67 96/11
12th 2009 Jun. 15-18 Awaji Yumebutai Intl., Conference Center, Hyogo, Japan K. Nakagawa H. Awano 74 107/10
13th 2011 Jun. 21-24 Concertgebouw De Vereeniging, Nijmegen, The Netherlands T. Rasing   A. Kirilyuk 142 123/18
14th 2013 Dec. 2-5 Omiya Sonic City, Saitama, Japan H. Awano A. Kikitsu 91 130/13
15th 2015 Nov. 29-Dec. 2 TUT-USM Collaboration Centre in Penang, Penang, Malaysia M. Inoue T. Ishibashi 70 88/16
16th 2018 Jan. 7-10 Queens College of CUNY, New York, NY, U.S.A A. Lisyansky /  M. Inoue   T. Ishibashi 77 88/11
17th 2019 Jun. 23-26 Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic P. Nemec / T. Rasing / M. Inoue   T. Kato    


2. MORIS Technical Programs

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3. Publication (Proceedings)
  • 1st MORIS1991: JMSJ, Vol. 15, No. S1 (1991)
  • 2nd MORIS1992: JMSJ, Vol. 17, No. S1 (1993)
  • 3rd MORIS1994: JMSJ, Vol. 19, No. S1 (1995)
  • 4th MORIS1996: JMSJ, Vol. 20, No. S1 (1996)
  • 5th MORIS1997: JMSJ, Vol. 22, No. S2 (1998)
  • 6th MORIS1999: JMSJ, Vol. 23, No. S1 (1999)
  • 7th MORIS2000: JMSJ, Vol. 25, No. 3-2 (2001)
  • 8th MORIS2002: TMSJ, Vol. 2, No. 4 (2002)
  • 9th MORIS2004: TMSJ, Vol. 4, No. 4-2 (2004)
  • 10th MORIS2006: JMSJ, Vol. 30, No. 6-2 (2006)
  • 11th MORIS2007: JMSJ, Vol. 32, No. 2-2 (2008)
  • 12th MORIS2009: JMSJ, Vol.33, No. 6-2 (2009)
  • 13th MORIS2011: JMSJ, Vol.36, No. 1-2 (2012)
  • 14th MORIS2013: JMSJ, Vol.38, No. 3-2 (2014)
  • 15th MORIS2015: JJAP, Vol.55, No. 7S3 (2016)
  • 16th MORIS2018: JJAP, Vol.57, No. 9 (2018)

JMSJ: Journal of the Magnetics Society of Japan
TMSJ: Transactions of the Magnetics Society of Japan
JJAP: Japanese Journal of Applied Physics

4. Photos of past MORIS
groupMORIS2018 at Queens College, New York

2015MORIS2015 at TUT-USM Collaboration Centre in Penang, Penang, Malaysia

MORIS2013 at Omiya Sonic City, Saitama, Japan

MORIS2011 at Nijmegen, the Netherlands