SPIN ORBITRONICS

Overview

From new concepts to devices : we are exploring new concepts in spintronics based on spin dependent transport with various systems; structure inversion asymmetry (spin orbit torques, Rashba effect, Spin Hall Effect, Topological Insulators), and alternative geometries in order to develop innovative architectures of devices.

Research directions

Spin Orbit Torques

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We aim at understanding and mastering spin orbit torques for efficient and deterministic magnetization switching with in plane currents.

Spin to charge inter-conversion

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We study different mechanisms to inter-convert spin and charge currents using spin orbit interaction: Spin Hall effect, Rashba effect at interfaces and surfaces of Topological insulators.

3-Terminal MRAM

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We develop electrically addressable non-volatile memories combining high speed and infinite endurance.

Novel devices and concepts

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We study spin dependent transport and pure spin current physics in lateral spin valves as well as novel ways to tailor the magnetic states of nanomagnets, like magnetic origamis.

The team

Former members

Post-docs

  • Soong-Gun JE (2016-2018)
  • Haozhe YANG (2016-2019)
  • Yu FU (2018-2019)

PhD

  • Mohamed Ali NSIBI (2014-2018)
  • Toshiki GUSHI (exchange program Univ. of Tsukuba 2017-2018)
  • Jayshankar NATH (2015-2018)
  • Paul NOEL (2016-2019)
  • Roméo JUGE (2016-2019)
  • Sambit GOSH (with Univ. of Tsukuba, 2018-2021)
  • Pyunghwa JANG (visitor from Korea Univ., 2018-2020)
  • Maxen COSSET-CHENEAU (2019-2022)

Projects

  • EU TOCHA (2019-2023)
  • DARPA (2018-2021)
  • ANR JCJC, O. Boulle (2018-2021)
  • ERC Smart Design, M. Miron (2015-2020)
  • ANR OISO (2017-2021)
  • ANR TOPRISE (2016-2019)
  • ANR SOSPIN (2013-2017)
  • EU SPOT (2013-2016)

Partners

  • Néel Institut, Grenoble (France)
  • Unité Mixte Physique CNRS/Thalès, Palaiseau (France)
  • Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Orsay (France)
  • Antaios, Grenoble (France)
  • CEA/LETI Grenoble (France)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
  • National Center for Scientific Research, Demokritos (Greece)
  • Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology, Barcelona (Spain)
  • University of Barcelona, (Spain)
  • In Silicio, (France)
  • Singulus (Germany)
  • Mainz (Germany)

Former team members

Post-docs

  • Thomas BRÄCHER (2015-2017)
  • Yu FU (2015-2016)
  • Murat CUBUKCU (2012-2015)
  • Juan Carlos ROJAS SANCHEZ (2010-2013)
  • Before 2012:Mario Aurino, Karol Marty, Yasmina Hadj Larbi

PhD

  • Alexandre MOUILLON (2014-2018)
  • Gilles ZHAND (2014-2017)
  • Tuong Van PHAM (2014-2017)
  • Defended before 2016: Alexandru Trifou, Emilie Jue, Alexandre Lopez, Marc Drouard

Recent news

  • Post-doctoral position – Electrical control of magnetic skyrmions (September 29th, 2020) Post-doctoral position - Electrical control of magnetic skyrmions
    Spintec invites application for postdoctoral positions in spintronics on electrical control of magnetic skyrmions. Magnetic skyrmions are nontrivial spiral spin textures considered as potential building blocks for ultrafast and power efficient spintronic memory and logic devices. ...
  • SOT-MRAM Pioneer Antaios Secures $11M in Funding (September 25th, 2020) SOT-MRAM Pioneer Antaios Secures $11M in Funding
    Antaios announced on September 16, 2020 that is has secured 11 million dollars in funding to accelerate innovation and develop new strategic partnerships. Antaios is a start-up founded in 2017 on the basis of a decade ...
  • Masters thesis projects for Spring 2021 (September 15th, 2020) Masters thesis projects for Spring 2021
    You find here the list of proposals for Master-2 internships to take place at Spintec during Spring 2021. In most cases, these internships are intended to be suitable for a longer-term PhD work. Interested Master-1 ...
  • Optical access of magnetic tunnel junctions for future hybrid spintronic–photonic memory circuits (August 24th, 2020) Optical access of magnetic tunnel junctions for future hybrid spintronic–photonic memory circuits
    We demonstrate in this study a fabrication process that enables the realization of a top transparent conductive electrode of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs), building blocks of magnetic random access memories (MRAMs). This work opens up ...
  • Room-Temperature Skyrmions at Zero Field in Exchange-Biased Ultrathin Films (July 17th, 2020) Room-Temperature Skyrmions at Zero Field in Exchange-Biased Ultrathin Films
    Magnetic skyrmions are topologically protected spin textures of great interest for nanoscale information storage and processing. However, stabilizing small skyrmions without applying an external magnetic field remains challenging. This study employs a thin ferromagnetic layer ...

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