The group activities cover up-stream research on physical phenomenon potentially useful for future sensors, as well as sensor development (proof of concept) and expertise to support industrial R&D. This experimental research is essentially based on magnetic (VSM, MOKE) and electric measurements (magnetotransport, noise).

Research topics

Magnetic sensor with tunable range


Magnetic anisotropy can be controlled by electric field, which could lead to low-consumption devices. Our aim is to enhance the electric field effect by studying different materials. Eventually, this study will pave the way towards a magnetic field sensor with tunable range.

Ultra-sensitive magnetic field sensor


We develop an ultra-sensitive magnetic field sensor able to detect 1pT at low frequency. This sensor could replace the magnetic sensors usually boarded on space mission with a significant weight reduction, or be used for magneto-cardiography.

Magnetic tunnel junctions for sensors


To improve the quality of industrial magnetic field sensors, we develop sensitive and low-noise magnetic tunnel junctions, by addressing the influence of structure, materials and geometry.

The team

Permanent staff

Hélène BEA

Research engineer

  • Arnaud PAGEAU (2017-2018)
  • Amandine BOCHEUX (2015-2016)
  • Julien VIDAL (2017-2018)


  • Myckael MOUCHEL (2014-2017)
  • Marine SCHOTT (2014-2017)
  • Paulo COELHO (2014-2017)
  • Titiksha SRIVASTAVA (2015-2018)


  • MAROT- CNRS Pre-maturation program (2017-2018)
  • UGA AGIR-AutoMag3D (2016-2017)
  • ANR-Elecspin (2016-2020)
  • Projet de collaboration Crocus
  • Projet de collaboration LPC2E


  • Institut NEEL, Grenoble, France
  • Crocus Technology, Grenoble, France
  • LPC2E, Orléans, France
  • IEF, Orsay, France
  • Ecole Polytechnique, LMC, Palaiseau, France

    Recent news

  • PhD thesis defense : Electric field control of magnetic properties of Pt/Co/AlOx system (October 24th, 2017)
    On Thursday, the 26th Of October 2017 at 14h00, Marine SCHOTT from UGA/Neel Institute, will defend her PhD thesis entitled “Electric field control of magnetic properties of Pt/Co/AlOx system” Place : Amphithéâtre du CNRS / ...
  • Proposals for student internships for Spring 2018 (October 03rd, 2017)
    You find here the list of proposals for Master-2 internships to take place during Spring 2018. In most cases, these internships are intended to be suitable for a longer-term PhD work. Interested Master-1 students are ...
  • A skyrmion switch (September 28th, 2017)
    Nanoscale magnetic skyrmions are good candidates for data manipulation and storage in spintronic applications (logic and/or memory). M. Schott et al. have recently shown that a gate voltage can nucleate or annihilate skyrmions. This proof ...
  • PhD defense : Development of low-noise magnetic tunnel junctions for magnetic field sensors (May 23rd, 2017)
    On Thursday, the 22th Of June 2017 at 14h00, Myckael MOUCHEL from CROCUS TECHNOLOGY (DRF/INAC/SPINTEC), will defend his PhD thesis entitled “Development of low-noise magnetic tunnel junctions for magnetic field sensors” Place : Amphithéâtre Grenoble INP-PHELMA ...
  • GREAT – A H2020 ICT project at SPINTEC (June 30th, 2016)
    Overview GREAT (European H2020 project) was accepted at the Summer 2015. Its kick-off meeting took place at SPINTEC in Grenoble on February 22nd-23rd 2016. The project aims at developing magnetic stacks able to equally perform memory, radio-frequency ...

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