SPIN TEXTURES

Overview

We are interested in novel spin textures, especially those occurring in three-dimensional magnetic objects such as nanowires, nanotubes and 3D MRAM. In these, specific effects are made possible by curvature, three-dimensional spin and space, and topology with azimuthal periodic boundary conditions. We design and fabricate devices, image the spin textures, and ultimately aim at addressing these with spin-polarized currents. The applied background includes the proposed concept of 3D race-track memory. This research topic is conducted in close collaboration with colleagues in the Theory group, with LEMMA laboratory at IRIG, with Institut Néel, and expert chemist groups in Germany.

Research topics

Physics of spin textures

We aim at investigating the existence and dynamics of motion of 3D spin textures under magnetic field or spin-polarized current. While nanowires have been the initial focus, we are developing multilayered nanotubes for their higher versatility for spintronic purposes. Checking the strength of topological protection against their transformation or annihilation is a major goal. We also contribute to 3D MRAM development. We combine material synthesis, experimental investigations, and micromagnetic modelling.

Material development

Special samples need to be designed and synthesized to stabilize 3D spin textures. They may be based on bottom-up chemical synthesis (anodization, electroplating, electroless deposition, atomic layer deposition) and/or lithography for electrical contacting.

Advanced magnetic imaging

Magnetic imaging 3D spin textures is demanding in terms of spatial resolution, bulk/surface and multi-components sensitivity. We are developing expertise in various electron- and X-ray-based techniques, both in the lab and at external facilities.

The team

Former members

Post-docs

  • Sylvain MARTIN (2016-2018)

PhD

  • Chloé BOUARD (2015-2018)
  • Beatrix TRAPP (2015-2018). Joint with Institut NEEL.
  • Alexis WARTELLE (2013-2017). Joint with Institut NEEL.

Internships

  • Hoel ROBERT (2018). Joint with INAC/MEM.

Projects

  • M3d, FP7 (2012-2016).
  • MILF, ANR (2019-2022).
  • C3DS, ANR-DFG (2019-2022).

Partners

Recent news

  • Highlights of SPINTEC research in 2020 (December 10th, 2020)Highlights of SPINTEC research in 2020
    The research highlights of SPINTEC over the year 2020 have been put together, and are available to download: http://www.spintec.fr/spintec-annual-booklets. This booklet contains the key facts of the lab over the period (contracts, new staff etc.), the ...
  • Unveiling the heart of magnetic memory cells thanks to electron holography (November 10th, 2020)Unveiling the heart of magnetic memory cells thanks to electron holography
    Magnetic spintronic memory called STT-MRAM have recently entered in volume production at major microelectronic foundries. The research in this area is now focused on preparing the future memory generations with higher capacity, higher speed, lower ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Spin-orbitronics at a topological insulator-semiconductor interface (July 02nd, 2020)Spin-orbitronics at a topological insulator-semiconductor interface
    Topological insulators (TI) represent a new class of insulating materials hosting metallic surface states. Moreover, those surface states exhibit a Dirac cone energy dispersion where the strong spin-orbit coupling leads to a helical spin texture ...

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