Spin Currents in Mesoscopic Systems

Philippe Jacquod

Thursday, 15 March 2012, 10:00
Matfys library

Spintronics refers to spin-based electronics, where information processing and storage are based on the spin, rather than the charge degree of freedom of the electron. This is significantly harder than to control electric charges, but holds great promises for scalability and nonvolatility of information processors and their memory. While the conventional way of doing spintronics is to use magnetic fields and ferromagnets, the focus has recently shifted towards exploring ways to control electronic spins by purely electric means, using spin orbit interactions. In this talk, I will summarize some of the current theoretical and experimental efforts in this subfield of "spin-orbitronics", focusing on our works on spin current generation, control and measurement.